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Irish Women'S Writing, 1878-1922Advancing the Cause of Liberty$
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Anna Pilz and Whitney Standlee

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719097584

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719097584.001.0001

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‘An Irish problem’: bilingual manoeuvres in the work of Somerville and Ross

‘An Irish problem’: bilingual manoeuvres in the work of Somerville and Ross

(p.121) 7 ‘An Irish problem’: bilingual manoeuvres in the work of Somerville and Ross
Irish Women'S Writing, 1878-1922

Margaret Kelleher

Manchester University Press

A development in recent Somerville and Ross scholarship has highlighted their vivid and painstaking representations of dialect and Hiberno-English usage. This feature of their work has to date been discussed in relation to individual texts (most frequently The Real Charlotte) while the significance of language usage, language shift and socio-linguistic change as dynamic themes across their work remains to be fully explored. This chapter resituates such narrative representations in the context of the wider language and cultural revival movements. It argues that such a re-examination of Somerville and Ross’s work not only brings to light significant patterns of interrelation between the writers and the broader movement(s), but also exposes the limitations of a language ‘cause’ understood only through the paradigm of language loss and revival.

Keywords:   Somerville and Ross, Irish language, Bilingualism, Hiberno-English

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