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Language and identity: Lessons from Ireland

Devereux, Michael


Michael Devereux
Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning in Architecture and Urbanism


This article explores the difficulties faced in keeping the Irish languages in daily use in those areas of Ireland where the influx of English as as dominant language is a threat. In particular it focusses on the approach of planners to controlling the right to occupy new housing soley to those able to speak Irish. This is done in several ways, including by requiring potential occupiers to be tested in the language. The article suggests that the success of this approach might be something that planners in other nations faced with a similar problem could consider as a means of tackling the issue.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 1, 2011
Journal Town and Country Planning
Print ISSN 0040-9960
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 80
Issue 4
Pages 192-194
Keywords planning, language, Ireland, Gaeltacht
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