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Video: Error-laden pidgin or creative creole? The Irish of the Gaelscoil

Is the mixture of Irish vocabulary and English grammar spoken by students in immersion courses simply incorrect language… or a linguistic gem?

Breandán Mac Ardghail

IN AN EXPLORATION of the weird and wonderful linguistic features of the Irish language spoken in gaelscoileanna, Breandán Mac Ardghail offers an alternative perspective on the non-native schoolyard Irish of pupils.

Is the Irish students speak error-laden pidgin or a deviously creative creole?

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In 2012, Breandán was a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at the University of Montana. He holds a master’s and a BA in Modern Irish and is currently reading Applied Linguistics at Trinity College Dublin.

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Breandán Mac Ardghail

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