What is it about?

The paper discusses possible cultural keywords of Irish English, cultural schemas involving BANSHEES and FAIRIES as well as conceptual metonymies such as THE CHURCH IS AUTHORITY, all of which can be understood to express particular Irish cultural experiences. The paper also illustrates how cultural conceptualisations are constantly being negotiated and renegotiated through time and across generations within the Irish English speech community.

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Why is it important?

The paper illustrates the applicability of the Cultural Linguistic paradigm to the study of Irish English, offering a new perspective on a well-studied variety of English.


The paper contributes to the growing body of cultural linguistic/cognitive sociolinguistic and corpus linguistic methodological approaches to World Englishes.

Dr Arne Peters
Universitat Potsdam

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This page is a summary of: Fairies, banshees, and the church, International Journal of Language and Culture, December 2017, John Benjamins, DOI: 10.1075/ijolc.4.2.01pet.
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