Peer-Reviewed Journal Details
Mandatory Fields
Walsh, J. & Day, R.
Journal Of Multilingual And Multicultural Development
‘New speakers’ on Irish language community radio: new understandings of linguistic variation on Raidió na Life
Optional Fields
This article examines the use of Irish on the community radio station Raidió na Life which has broadcast to Dublin since 1993. By admitting and indirectly valorising a variety of linguistic styles, Raidió na Life can be seen to function as a space for ‘new speakers’ of Irish, fluent and regular users who were not raised with Irish as their language of primary socialisation in childhood. Based on interviews and focus group research, the article analyses the influence of Raidió na Life on the use of Irish among volunteer broadcasters. Furthermore, it discusses their ideologies in relation to linguistic variation and to how the station uses Irish and other languages
Grant Details
New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe - Challenges and Opportunities' (COST Action IS1306)
Publication Themes
Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy