Irish as a Lingua Franca
- Číslo 59 
PublisherUniverzita Karlova, Filozofická fakulta
SourceLitteraria Pragensia, 2020, 59, 108-120
KeywordsKeywords not found
Of many minority languages, Irish has ended up as close neighbour to a language that was not only that of the ruling empire, but also is now a global lingua franca. Such incommensurate strengths – demographics, cultural prestige, and other aspects – might be viewed as unfortunate at first glance: Irish grows weaker as English grows stronger. But on closer inspection, the story is not so clear. This article examines some aspects of English’s status as a lingua franca – linguaculture, demotion of the native speaker, intercultural communication, communities of practice – and asks what the consequences for the Irish language and its culture are, as well as which of these might be used to think about the Irish language.