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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Show notes

French must drop ‘ineffective barriers’ against other languages – minister

France’s language protectors drop stance against English

France’s linguistic guardians drop fierce anti-English stance

Inheritors of Dante launch ‘Say it in Italian’ campaign against language of Dickens

A very silly piece: Dante turns in his grave as Italian language declines

A whole bunch of words you had no idea were Italian

How to say “Good Morning” in Irish Gaelic

Hear it:

How to Say Seven Key Gaelic Phrases

And some other phrases. Click on the links to hear! (Saved my butt for this episode, I can tell you.)

Language restrictions on NSW prisoners deemed ‘high risk’ despite no known terrorist threat

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.

Abbott criticised for ‘patronising’ Patrick’s Day video

Tony Abbott’s St Patrick’s Day Message Is Exactly As Weird And Vaguely Offensive As You’d Expect

Omniglot: Irish

Irish is available on Duolingo

Google adds Irish to list of Gmail options

10 Reasons Why Irish Is an Absolutely Awesome Language

8 Fun Facts About the Irish Language

The Real Irish-American Story Not Taught in Schools

What is the origin of ph being pronounced f?

A Beginner’s Guide to Irish Gaelic Pronunciation

eBook: Pronunciation Cheat Sheets for Irish Gaelic

English As We Speak It in Ireland, by P. W. Joyce, 1910

Commissioner resigns over Government failures on Irish

“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.”

Irish MEP starts language strike over treatment of Irish language

Striking for Irish and linguistic diversity

Irish-language music video app TG Lurgan launches

TG Lurgan on YouTube

Ciarán Ó Braonáin’s blog “My Language Diary”

How do you say ‘thank you’ in Irish?

What are some other ways you can learn Irish?
Maine Observer: Celebrate Irish heritage through language

Tourists Try To Translate Irish Slang

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’

#lifestylechoice on Twitter

First Dog on the Moon: Lifestyle choices of the rich and racist

The Shovel: Taxpayers Forced To Fund Lifestyle Choice Of Small Group Of Australians (satire)

US Senator Joe Lieberman: “…sexual promiscuity is too often treated as just another lifestyle choice with little risk of adverse consequences.”

Don’t be surprised by Abbott’s comments about ‘lifestyle choices’

Chipewyan baby name not allowed on N.W.T. birth certificate

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