Saturday 3 December 2016

When is a nation's first language not really its first language?

Published 16/09/2016 | 02:30

Road signs in both Irish and English. Picture by Donal Doherty
Road signs in both Irish and English. Picture by Donal Doherty

Recent events in Cork concerning the usage of the Irish language have set me thinking.

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The issue was over the use of the nation's selected first language. The question is what is our first language and how is this defined? Does a government decree decide the primary perceived communication of the populous?

Looking without the use of green-tinted glasses, the primary tongue of our country is English. There is no Irish-speaking person in this land who does not speak English, and there are few who dream in Irish, one of the markers of the first embedded language.

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