The Irish language is attracting a lot of attention.

It’s now a major player among minority languages, but even so, it’s a surprisingly contentious topic for many.

Linguist Daniel Midgley finds out what it’s all about on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Promo with Em Burrows


Show notes

French must drop ‘ineffective barriers’ against other languages – minister
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/12/french-must-drop-useless-barriers-against-other-languages-minister

France’s language protectors drop stance against English
http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/france-s-language-protectors-drop-stance-against-english-1.2279803

France’s linguistic guardians drop fierce anti-English stance
http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-frances-linguistic-guardians-drop-fierce-anti-english-stance-2015-3?IR=T

Inheritors of Dante launch ‘Say it in Italian’ campaign against language of Dickens
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11464718/Inheritors-of-Dante-launch-Say-it-in-Italian-campaign-against-language-of-Dickens.html

A very silly piece: Dante turns in his grave as Italian language declines
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/09/opinions/italian-language-learning/

A whole bunch of words you had no idea were Italian
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=italian&searchmode=none&p=0&allowed_in_frame=0

How to say “Good Morning” in Irish Gaelic
http://www.bitesizeirishgaelic.com/blog/good-morning-in-irish-gaelic/

Hear it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXQmFQ-94O8

How to Say Seven Key Gaelic Phrases
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4lUPvik-uU

And some other phrases. Click on the links to hear! (Saved my butt for this episode, I can tell you.)
http://www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/irish.php

Language restrictions on NSW prisoners deemed ‘high risk’ despite no known terrorist threat
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/language-restrictions-on-nsw-prisoners-deemed-high-risk-despite-no-known-terrorist-threat-20150308-13y6as.html

Banning prisoners from speaking Arabic is lazy and probably a human rights breach
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/fullysic/2015/03/08/banning-prisoners-from-speaking-arabic-is-lazy-and-probably-a-human-rights-breach/

“If they are worried, they should have bilingual people running the place,” [Joe Caputo, head of the federation of ethnic community councils of Australia] said.
http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/08/high-risk-inmates-at-nsw-super-max-jail-banned-from-speaking-arabic

Abbott criticised for ‘patronising’ Patrick’s Day video
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/abbott-criticised-for-patronising-patrick-s-day-video-1.2136634

Tony Abbott’s St Patrick’s Day Message Is Exactly As Weird And Vaguely Offensive As You’d Expect
http://junkee.com/tony-abbotts-st-patricks-day-message-is-exactly-as-weird-and-vaguely-offensive-as-youd-expect/52967

Omniglot: Irish
http://www.omniglot.com/writing/irish.htm

Irish is available on Duolingo
https://www.duolingo.com/comment/4279133

Google adds Irish to list of Gmail options
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/12/11/irish-minority-languages.html

10 Reasons Why Irish Is an Absolutely Awesome Language
https://multikulti.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/10-reasons-why-irish-is-an-absolutely-awesome-language/

8 Fun Facts About the Irish Language
http://mentalfloss.com/article/49480/8-fun-facts-about-irish-language

The Real Irish-American Story Not Taught in Schools
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/03/16/real-irish-american-story-not-taught-schools

What is the origin of ph being pronounced f?
http://www.quora.com/What-is-the-origin-of-ph-being-pronounced-f

A Beginner’s Guide to Irish Gaelic Pronunciation
http://www.standingstones.com/gaelpron.html

eBook: Pronunciation Cheat Sheets for Irish Gaelic
http://www.bitesizeirishgaelic.com/ebooks/pronunciation/

English As We Speak It in Ireland, by P. W. Joyce, 1910
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/34251

Commissioner resigns over Government failures on Irish
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/commissioner-resigns-over-government-failures-on-irish-1.1616978

“One of the complaints investigated by the office  last year saw a young man arrested after the tried to engage the Garda through Irish. He had been stopped in relation to a road traffic matter but found himself in handcuffs at a local station until somebody who could speak Irish was found.”
http://www.thejournal.ie/gardai-examine-practices-after-complaint-about-use-of-irish-language-830100-mar2013/

Irish MEP starts language strike over treatment of Irish language
https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58455

Striking for Irish and linguistic diversity
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/striking-irish-linguistic-diversity-150307094450137.html

Irish-language music video app TG Lurgan launches
http://www.siliconrepublic.com/new-media/item/30536-irish-language-music-video

TG Lurgan on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/user/tglurgan/featured

Ciarán Ó Braonáin’s blog “My Language Diary”
http://mylanguagediary.com

How do you say ‘thank you’ in Irish?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXQmFQ-94O8

What are some other ways you can learn Irish?
Maine Observer: Celebrate Irish heritage through language
http://www.pressherald.com/2015/03/08/maine-observer-celebrate-irish-heritage-through-language/

Tourists Try To Translate Irish Slang
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9grgiwZNUs

Remote communities are ‘lifestyle choices’, says Tony Abbott
http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/10/remote-communities-are-lifestyle-choices-says-tony-abbott

Tony Abbott a ‘disgrace’, says Federal Opposition after comments that living in remote Indigenous communities was a ‘lifestyle choice’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-10/tony-abbott-backs-decision-to-close-wa-indigenous-communities/6295296

#lifestylechoice on Twitter
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23lifestylechoice&src=tyah

First Dog on the Moon: Lifestyle choices of the rich and racist
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/11/lifestyle-choices-of-the-rich-and-racist

The Shovel: Taxpayers Forced To Fund Lifestyle Choice Of Small Group Of Australians (satire)
http://www.theshovel.com.au/2015/03/11/taxpayers-forced-to-fund-lifestyle-choice-of-certain-australians/

US Senator Joe Lieberman: “…sexual promiscuity is too often treated as just another lifestyle choice with little risk of adverse consequences.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2000/08/08/us/2000-campaign-lieberman-lewinsky-affair-embarrassing-for-all-us-americans.html

Don’t be surprised by Abbott’s comments about ‘lifestyle choices’
https://theconversation.com/dont-be-surprised-by-abbotts-comments-about-lifestyle-choices-38711

Chipewyan baby name not allowed on N.W.T. birth certificate
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/chipewyan-baby-name-not-allowed-on-n-w-t-birth-certificate-1.2984173


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