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Review: An Irish-Speaking Island by Nicholas M Wolf

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The opening statement in An Irish-Speaking Island: State, Religion, Community, and the Linguistic Landscape in Ireland, 1770-1870 reminds us that, contrary to popular perception, the number of Irish speakers increased in the early 19th century as a natural result of the general rise in the population


“By the third decade of the 19th century,” Nicholas M Wolf writes, “ it is estimated that Ireland was home to between three and four million speakers of the Irish language, more than at any other time in the history of this language community.”






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