The Maamtrasna Murders : Language, Life and Death in Nineteenth-Century Ireland Paperback / softback
The Maamtrasna Murders provides a cultural history of the events and subsequent impact of the renowned Maamtrasna murders from the perspective of language change in late nineteenth-century Ireland.
Professor Kelleher takes the Maamtrasna case - one that is notorious for its failure to provide interpretation and translation services for monoglot Irish speakers - and examines broader sociolinguistic issues.
Uncovering archival materials not previously consulted, this work illuminates a story that has proven to be much richer, `messier', and a more intricate social narrative than previous commentators have recognized. The Maamtrasna Murders moves Maamtrasna's violation of human rights from a local to a global stage.
While the wrongful execution of monolingual Myles Joyce would prove to be the best-known feature of the case, the complex significance of language-use in an isolated region mirrors the dynamics that continue to influence the fates of monolingual and bilingual people today.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 352 pages, 16 pages of illustrations
- Publisher: University College Dublin Press
- Publication Date: 11/11/2018
- Category: Sociolinguistics
- ISBN: 9781910820421
- Hardback from £26.79