Evaluate the reasons put forward to account for the shift in language use in Ireland, 1700-1840.
Write a short essay of between 1,000 and 1,500 words following the suggestions below.
Garrett Fitzgerald, ‘The decline of the Irish language 1771-1871’ (1990) in Mary Daly and David Dickson (eds.), The origins of popular literacy in Ireland: language change and educational development 1700 – 1920 (1990), 59-72
Maureen Wall, ‘The decline of the Irish language’ in Brian Ó Cuív (ed), A View of the Irish Language (1969), 81-90
J.J. Lee, Ireland 1912-1985 (1989), 662-669
Brinley Thomas, ‘A Cauldron of Rebirth: the Industrial Revolution and the Welsh language’ in Thomas, The Industrial Revolution and the Atlantic Economy (1993), 208-231
The period 1700-1840 saw a rapid and comprehensive shift in the spoken language in much of Ireland. This phenomenon can be explained in a number of different ways. Your essay will explore one or more of these.
Here are some suggestions for lines of argument. Do not try to follow all, or even most, of them. Careful consideration of one or two is more than sufficient. Confine your analysis to the period 1700-1840. The Great Famine of 1845-50, for example, is not relevant.