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New Speakers of Irish

A research report commissioned by Foras na Gaeilge, on New Speakers of Irish, was launched in Dublin on 30 October 2015 by the Irish Language Commissioner.

Written by the IRC's Prof. Bernie O'Rourke in collaboration with Dr John Walsh and Dr Hugh Roland at the National University of Ireland, Galway, the report brings analyses data collected during 2012-2015 under various themes: (a) sociolinguistic background (b) motivation (c) competence (d) use (e) ideologies regarding the Gaeltacht and (f) opinions regarding language policy.

The report, which is based on research as part of the COST European research network 'New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Opportunities and Challenges'. concludes with a set of recommendations for language policy in Ireland.


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