I am a Visiting Research Fellow in CLCS, and Professor Emeritus of Sociology of Language. Previously I held the post of Research Professor (Sociology of Language) at the Institiúid Teangeolaíochta Éireann (Linguistics Institute of Ireland) for twenty six years. In that time, I directed a series of sociolinguistic surveys at national, regional and local levels and published research reports and papers on topics arising from this research.
In addition, I was a Member of the Committee on Irish Language Attitudes Research, appointed by the Minister of Finance in 1970. I was also Member of the Advisory Planning Committee, appointed by Bord na Gaeilge (Irish Language Board) in 1986, which prepared and published a range of reports on language planning topics.
Internationally, I was appointed a member a member of the Scientific Committee for the 'Euromosaic' project sponsored by the EU 1993-4, and subsequently principal contractor and project co-ordinator of several other Minority language contracts commissioned by the Commission's DGXXII. These contracts also involved partners in Catalonia, Wales, The Basque Region, Galicia and Friesland.
Since 1996, I have been a Consultant/Advisor to the Council of Europe and OSCE on a number of scientific committees, projects and missions relating to language policy and minority rights issues in post-Soviet member states in Central and Eastern Europe and Transcaucasia.
Following my retirement in 2007, I was appointed Research Associate in CLCS.
Publications and Further Research Outputs
Ó Riagáin, Pádraig, Measures of language Proficiency in Censuses and Surveys: A comparative analysis and assessment, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, 1 - 131pp
Teanga, Féiniúlacht agus Dearcadh Náisiúnta (Language, Identity and Nationalism) in, editor(s)Ó hIfearnáin, T. & M. Ní Neachtain , An tSochtheangeolaíocht Feidhm agus Tuairisc, Baile Átha Cliath, Cois Life, 2012, pp111 - 128, [Ó Riagáin, P.]
'Implementing International Standards for Minority Language Policy: The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and Moldova between 2000 and 2005' in, editor(s)O'Rourke, B Carson, L. , Language learner autonomy: policy, curriculum, classroom, Oxford, Peter Lang, 2010, pp251 - 272, [Ó Riagáin, P.]
Global and Local in Gaeltacht Areas: Corca Dhuibhne 1960-1986 in, editor(s)Kirk, John & Ó Baoill, Dónall , Language and Economic Development: Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland, Belfast , Queen's University of Belfast Press, 2009, pp92 - 102, [P. Ó Riagáin]
International Norms and domestic language policies: The Republic of Ireland and the EU in, editor(s)Stickel, Gerhard , National and European Language Policies, Frankfurt, Peter Lang, 2009, pp119 - 130, [Ó Riagáin, P.]
Irish in, editor(s)Ulrich Ammon Harald Haarmann , Wieser Encyclopaedia: Western European Languages, Volume I, Klagenfurt, Wieser Verlag., 2008, pp555 - 568, [P. Ó Riagáin]
Language Attitudes and Minority Languages in, editor(s)Cenoz, J. & N.H. Hornberger , Encyclopedia of Language and Education, Volume 6: Knowledge about Language, New York, Springer, 2008, pp329 - 342, [Ó Riagáin, P.]
Ó Riagáin, P., Review of Language, Religion and national identity in Europe and the Middle East, by John Myhill , Multilingua, 27, (2), 2008, p289-291
Irish-language Policy 1922-2007: Balancing Maintenance and Revival in, editor(s)Caoilfhionn Nic Phaidín & Seán Ó Cearnaigh , A New View of the Irish Language, Dublin, Cois Life, 2008, pp55 - 65, [Pádraig Ó Riagáin]
P. Ó Riagáin, Relationships between Attitudes to Irish and Social Class, Religion and National Identity in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, The International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 10, (4), 2007, p1 - 25
Irish in, editor(s)Britain, David , Language in the British Isles, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2007, pp218 - 236, [P.Ó Riagáin]
Minorities in Lithuanian Society and Schools in, editor(s)Council of Europe , Lithuania: Language Education Policy Profile, Strasbourg, Council of Europe, 2006, pp40 - 88, [P. Ó Riagain]
Gaelic Revivals (Ireland and Scotland), Merriman J. & J. Winter , Europe since 1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of War and Reconstruction, Vol 3, Detroit, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006, pp1160 - 1163, [P.Ó Riagáin]
Irish Language Revival in, editor(s)J.T. Koch , Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia, Santa Barbara, ABC-CLIO, 2005, pp1094 - 1096, [Ó Riagáin, P.]
Language and Literacy: Irish Language since 1922 in, editor(s)J.S. Donnelly , Encyclopedia of Irish History and Culture, New York, Macmillan Reference, 2004, pp375 - 377, [Ó Riagáin, P.]
The Role of the Sociolinguistic Survey in the Language Policy Process: Some Reflections on the Irish Experience in, editor(s)L. Mondala and S.P. Doehler , Plurilinguisme, Mehrsprachigkeit, Plurilingualism (Festschrift for Georges LUdi), Basel, Franke Verlag, 2003, pp39 - 49, [P. Ó Riagain]
P. Ó Riagáin & G. Ludi, Bilingual Education: Some Policy Issues, Strasbourg, Council of Europe, 2003, 47pp
P. Ó Riagain, The Consequences of Demographic Trends for Language Learning and Diversity in Europe, Strasbourg, Council of Europe, 2002
Galisch in, editor(s)Janich N. & A. Greule , Sprachkulturen in Europa: Ein Internationales Handbuch, Tubingen, Gunter narr verlag, 2002, pp80 - 88, [P. Ó Riagain]
Irish Language Production and Reproduction 1981-1996 in, editor(s)J. Fishman , Can Threatened Languages be Saved?, Clevedon, Multilingual Matters, 2001, pp195 - 214, [P. Ó Riagain]
P. Ó Riagain, T. German, Proficiency of Irish Adults in European Languages, Teangeolas, 38, 1999, p60 - 71
Language Use Surveys in Western Europe: Towards a Comparative Analysis in, editor(s)Ahlquist A. & V. Cepkova , Dan do Oide (Essays in Memory of Conn R. 6 Cleirigh), Baile Atha Cliath, ITE, 1997, pp503 - 514, [P. Ó Riagain]
P. Ó Riagain with Niamh Nic Shuibhne, Minority Language Rights, Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 17, 1997, p11 - 29
P. Ó Riagáin, Language Policy and Social Reproduction: Ireland 1893-1993, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1997, 297pp
P. Ó Riagain, Postmodemity and Language Policy; A Need To Refocus?, Sociolinguistica, 11, 1997, p16 - 28
Reviving the Irish Language 1893-1993: The First Hundred Years in, editor(s)Nic Craith M. , Watching One's Tongue: Issues in Language Planning, Liverpool, University Press, 1997, pp33 - 56, [P. Ó Riagain]
Language Contact Research in Ireland: Retrospect and Prospect in, editor(s)Wolck, W. & De Houwer, A. , Recent Studies in Contact Linguistics (Plurlingua XVIII), Bonn., DUmmler, 1997, pp269 - 327, [P. Ó Riagain]
Ireland in, editor(s)Goebl H., Nelde P., Stary Z. & Wolck W. , Contact Linguistics: An International Handbook of Contemporary Research., Volume II, Berlin, Walter de Gruyter, 1997, pp1097 - 1106, [P. Ó Riagain]
Galway Gaeltacht 1926-1981: Continuity and Change in, editor(s)Gillespie R. & G. Moran , Galway:History and Society, Dublin, Geography Publications, 1996, pp651 - 680, [P. Ó Riagain]
P. Ó Riagain, Language and Ethnicity: A Comment, International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 110, 1994, p169 - 176
P. Ó Riagain, Public Attitudes to the Irish Language and Policies for Irish in the Schools, Studies in Education, 10, (1), 1994, p7 - 15
P. Ó Riagain, Language Maintenance and Language Shift as Strategies of Social Reproduction, Journal Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 15, (2&3), 1994, p179 - 197
P. Ó Riagain, John Harris, Multilingual Policies in Irish First and Second Level Schools, Sociolinguistica, 7, 1993, p152 - 161
P. Ó Riagain, Stability and change in public attitudes towards Irish since the 1960s, Teangeolas, 32, 1993, p45 - 49
P. Ó Riagain, Language Maintenance and Language Shift as Strategies of Social Reproduction: Irish in the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht 1926-86, Dublin, Institiuid Teangeolaiochta Eireann, 1992
Social Class, Education and the Irish Language in, editor(s)MacGrianna S. & P.E.S. Ua Conchubhair , Essays on Class and Culture in Ireland, University of Ulster, Deny, 1992, pp49 - 73, [P. Ó Riagain]
National and International Dimensions of Language Policy when the Minority Language is a National Language: The Case of Irish in Ireland in, editor(s)Coulmas F. , A Language Policy for Europe, Berlin, Mouton, 1991, pp255 - 278, [P. Ó Riagain]
P. Ó Riagain, State Broadcasting and Minority Languages: The case of Irish in Ireland, Educational Media International, 28, (3), 1991, p113 - 119
The Irish Language in, editor(s)E. Kane , The Culture of Ireland: An Introduction. Irish Audio Library, Historical and Cultural Series, Dublin, Hidden Ireland Productions, 1991, [P. Ó Riagain]
Reform of the Orthography, Grammer and Vocabulary of Irish in, editor(s)Fodor I. & C. Hagege , Language Reform: History and Future, Vol V, Hamburg, Helmut Buske Veriag, 1990, pp173 - 195, [P. Ó Riagain, D. 0 Baoill]
P. Ó Riagain, M. 0 Gliasain, Formulating a national language policy in the emerging European context: some preliminary considerations, Teangeolas, 27, 1990, p36 - 40
P. Ó Riagain, Public Attitudes towards Irish in the schools: a note on recent surveys, Teangeolas, 25, 1988, p19 - 21
P. Ó Riagain, Bilingualism in Ireland 1973-1983: An overview of national sociolinguistic surveys, International Journal a/Sociology of Language, 70, 1988, p29 - 53
P. Ó Riagain, Social Class, Education and Irish, Teangeolas, 23, 1987, p6 - 9
The influence of social factors on the teaching and learning of Irish in, Contemporary Perspectives on the Teaching of Irish, Dublin, Bord na Gaeilge, 1982, pp36 - 53, [P. Ó Riagain]
'Athni agus buanu Teanga sa Ghaeltacht' (Language Maintenance and Language Shift in the Gaeltacht) in, editor(s)P. O Riagain , Taighde Sochtheangeolaiochta agus Teangeolaiochta sa Ghaeltacht, Dublin, Institiuid Teangeolaiochta Eireann, 1982, pp3 - 28, [P. Ó Riagain]
P. Ó Riagain, Language Planning', Teangeolas, 11, 1980, p11 - 18
P. Ó Riagain, M. Ó Gliasain, All-Irish Primary Schools in the Dublin Area: A sociological and spatial analysis of the impact of all-Irish schools on home and social use of Irish, Dublin, Institiúid Teangeolaiochta Eireann, 1979
P. Ó Riagain, The Language Factor in Regional Planning, Administration, 26, (26), 1978, p197 - 211
P. Ó Riagain, Regional Planning in Irish Bilingual Areas, Cambria, 5, (2), 1978, p182 - 187
P. Ó Riagain , The Gaeltacht Studies: A Development Plan for the GaeUacht, Dublin, An Foras Forbartha, 1971
Policy Implementation: A neglected Dimension of Language Planning for Minority Languages in, editor(s)P. Nelde/R. Rindler Schjerve , Minorities and Language Policy/Minderheiten und Sprachpolitik/Minorites et I'amenagement linguistique (Plurilingua XXII), Asgard, St Augustin, 2001, pp103 - 113, [P. Ó Riagain]
Language Maintenance and Language Shift as Strategies of Reproduction in, editor(s)P. W. Thomas and J. Mathias , Developing Minority Languages, Cardiff, Gomer Press, 2000, pp446 - 465, [P. Ó Riagain]
A Language Strategy for Europe: Retrospect and Prospect, (1999), P. Ó Riagain, S. Harrington, [eds.]
A Language Strategy for Europe: A Sociological perspective in, P. O Riagain and S. Harrington , A Language Strategy for Europe: Retrospect and Prospect, Baile Atha Cliath, Bord na Gaeilge, 1999, pp11 - 21, [P. Ó Riagain]
P. Ó Riagain, Evaluating Language Policies: Some Theoretical Considerations, Actes del Congres Europeu Sobre Planificaci6 Linguistica/Proceedings of the European Conference on Language Planning, Barcelona, 9-10 November 1995, Generalitat de Catalunya, 1997, pp374 - 384
P. Ó Riagain, M. Ó Gliasain, National Survey on Languages 1993: Preliminary Report, Dublin, Institiuid Teangeolaiochta Eireann, 1994
Language Planning in Ireland, Special issue of International Journal of Sociology of Language, 70, (1988), P. Ó Riagain, [eds.]
P. Ó Riagain, Public and Teacher Attitudes towards Irish in the Schools, Dublin, Institiúid Teangeolaíochta Eireann, 1986
P. Ó Riagain, M. Ó Gliasain, The Irish Language in the Republic of Ireland 1983: Preliminary Report of a National Survey, Dublin, Institiuid Teangeolaiochta Eireann, 1984
Taighde Sochtheangeolaiochta agus Teangeolaiochta sa Ghaeltacht, (1982), P. Ó Riagain, [eds.]
DescriptionSociology of Language, Language Policy, Sociology of European Minorities, Globalisation, Bilingualism, Multicultural Society, Cultural Identity, Surveys and Survey Research, Bilingual Education.
- The Irish Language in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in the First Decade of the Twenty First Century: A Review of Census and Survey Evidence.
- Utilising primary data collected by the author in an All-Ireland survey, together with secondary national data obtained under licence from national, UK and European data archives, the study will provide an integrated statistical overview of the evidence relating to the incidence in the two adult populations of speaking and other skills in Irish, the degree to which Irish is used in home and community life, and public attitudes to the Irish language and to policies to promote it.
- Funding Agency
- Foras na Gaeilge
- Date From
- March 2009
- Date To
- December 2011
Member, Committee on Irish Language Attitudes Research (Department of Finance).
Member, Advisory Planning Committee (Bord na Gaeilge).
Member, Steering Committee, Modern Languages Project, Royal Irish Academy.
Review editor, Language, Culture and Curriculum.
Member, Scientific Committee, "Euromosaic" project, European Commission (DGXXII)
Member, International Advisory Committee, Language Policy Research Centre, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
Member, Scientific Committee (Language Education Policies), Council of Europe.
Member, Editorial Board, NOVES SL, Revista de Sociolinguística, Barcelona.
Member, Scientific Committee, Sociolinguistics Seminar 16
Member, Scientific Committee, Sociolinguistics Seminar 17