Gaeilge: A Radical
Caoimhín de Barra
Everything you think you know about
the Irish language is wrong. It isn’t your teacher’s fault
you don’t speak it. Billions of euros are not spent every
year on its promotion. Replacing Irish with English has
not been an economic blessing for Ireland.
As a historian of languages and someone who learned Irish
as an adult, Caoimhín De Barra offers both academic and
personal insights into Ireland’s complex relationship with
its national language.
This book explains why most people
don’t learn Irish at school, where the deep hatred some
have for the language comes from, and how people who want
to learn Irish can do so successfully. Drawing upon the
history of other minority languages around the world, De
Barra demonstrates why current efforts to promote Irish
are doomed to fail and proposes a radical solution for how
to revive An Ghaeilge so it can again become the first language
of the Irish people.
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