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Dr. Noel O Murchadha
Assistant Professor, Education

Biography

I am a sociolinguist interested in investigating the conditions in which linguistic diversity is promoted, maintained or lost. This includes aspects of language policy around minority language maintenance, revitalisation and revival, but also pathways towards bi/multilingualism in a broader sense. I explore these issues both at an individual level and at a societal level.

My current research focus is on aspects of language policy and language education policy. I have published on the standardisation of modern Irish and on perceptions of linguistic variation in Irish among teachers and students (primary, post-primary, third level). I am interested in the changing relationship between self and society in the late modern age and in the ways that these changes interact with language.

Research supervision: I am available to supervise research projects in sociolinguistics and in a range of areas across language and language education studies, including research on language and language education policy. I am particularly interested, though not exclusively, in research on Irish and other minority languages.

Tá suim faoi leith agam taighde ar ghnéithe de shochtheangeolaíocht na Gaeilge a stiúradh. Tá mé ar fáil mar stiúrthóir ar thaighde ar an nGaeilge agus fáiltím roimh thionscnaimh a scríobhfar i nGaeilge chomh maith.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Noel Ó Murchadha, Review of Normative Language Policy, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2019 Journal Article, 2019 TARA - Full Text

An Aird ar an Éagsúlacht Teanga, an Daonteangeolaíocht agus Canúintí na Gaeilge [Folk linguistics and the dialects of Irish] in, editor(s)Ó hIfearnáin, T. , An tSochtheangeolaíocht: Taighde agus Gníomh [Sociolinguistics: Research and Practice, Dublin, Cois Life, 2019, [Ó Murchadha, N.] Book Chapter, 2019

Ó Murchadha, N. & Ó hIfearnáin, T., Converging and diverging stances on target varieties in collateral languages: The ideologisation of linguistic variation in Irish and Manx Gaelic, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2018 Journal Article, 2018 TARA - Full Text

Reflections on New Speaker Research and Future Trajectories in, editor(s)Smith-Christmas, C., Ó Murchadha, N., Hornsby, M. & Moriarty, M. , New Speakers of Minority Languages: Linguistic Ideologies and Practices, Palgrave, 2018, pp338 - 353, [Smith-Christmas, C. & Ó Murchadha, N.] Book Chapter, 2018 TARA - Full Text

Smith-Christmas, C. Ó Murchadha, N., Hornsby, M. & Morisrty, M., New Speakers of Minority Languages: Linguistic Practices and Ideologies, London, Palgrave, 2018 Book, 2018

An nua-aoiseacht dhéanach agus ról tosca síceolaíochtúla sóisialta san aistriú teangeolaíochta [Late modernity and the role of social psychological factors in linguistic change] in, editor(s)Ó hIfearnáin, T. and Walsh, J. , An Meon Folaithe: Idé-eolaíochtaí agus iompar lucht labhartha na Gaeilge [The Covert Disposition: Ideologies and practices of the Irish-speaking population], Dublin, Cois Life, 2018, [Ó Murchadha, N.] Book Chapter, 2018 TARA - Full Text

Ó Murchadha, N., Review of Standardizing Minority Languages: Ideologies of authority and authenticity in the global periphery, Language Policy, 17, (3), 2018, p405 - 407 Journal Article, 2018

Ó Murchadha, N. & Flynn, C.J., Educators' target language varieties for language learners: Orientation towards 'native' and 'non-native' norms in a minority language context, Modern Language Journal, 102, (4), 2018, p797 - 813 Journal Article, 2018

Ó Murchadha, N. & Migge, B., Support, Transmission, Education and Target Varieties in the Celtic Languages, London, Routledge, 2018 Book, 2018

Ó Murchadha, N. & Flynn, C.J., Language educators' regard for variation in late modernity: Perceptions of linguistic variation in minority contexts, Journal of Sociolinguistics, 22, (3), 2018, p288 - 311 Journal Article, 2018

New speakers, new concepts? in, editor(s)Smith-Christmas, C., Hornsby, M., Moriarty, M. & Ó Murchadha, N. , Ideologies and Practices of New Speakers of Minority Languages , London, Palgrave, 2018, [Ó Murchadha, N., Smith-Christmas, C., Hornsby, M. & Moriarty, M.] Book Chapter, 2018 TARA - Full Text

Ó Murchadha, N., An Ghaeilge sa Nua-Aoiseacht Dhéanach [The Irish Language in Late Modernity], 1, An Spidéal, An Clóchomhar, 2018 Book, 2018

New speakers and language in the media: Audience design in Breton and Irish broadcast media in, editor(s)Smith-Christmas, C., Ó Murchadha, N., Hornsby, M. & Moriarty, M. , Ideologies and Practices of New Speakers of Minority Languages, London, Palgrave, 2018, [Moal, S., Ó Murchadha, N. and Walsh, J.] Book Chapter, 2018 TARA - Full Text

Ó Murchadha, N., Review of Immersion Education: Lessons from a Minority Language Context, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2018 Journal Article, 2018

Ó Murchadha, N. & Migge, B., Support, transmission, education and target varieties in the Celtic languages: an overview, Language, Culture and Curriculum, 30, (1), 2017, p1 - 12 Journal Article, 2017 URL TARA - Full Text

Spassiani, N.A., Ó Murchadha, N., Clince, M., Biddulph, K., Conradie, P., Costello, F., Cox, L., Daly, E., Daly, O., Middleton, C., McCabe, K., Philips, M., Soraghan, S. & Tully, K., Likes, dislikes, supports and barriers: the experience of students with disabilities in university in Ireland, Disability & Society, 32, (6), 2017, phttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0968 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Language, Culture and Curriculum, 30, 1, (2017), Ó Murchadha, N. & Migge, B., [eds.] Journal, 2017

Ó Murchadha, N., The efficacy of unitary and polynomic models of standardisation in minority language contexts: Ideological, pragmatic and pedagogical issues in the standardisation of Irish, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 37, (2), 2016, p199 - 215 Journal Article, 2016 DOI TARA - Full Text

Authenticity, authority and prestige: Teenagers' perceptions of variation in spoken Irish in, editor(s)Kristiansen, T. and Grondelaers, S. , Experimental studies of changing language standards in contemporary Europe, Oslo, Novus, 2013, pp71 - 96, [Ó Murchadha, N.] Book Chapter, 2013 TARA - Full Text

Caighdeáin, caighdeánú agus torthaí ar chaighdeánú na Gaeilge' [Standards, standardisation and the results of the standardisation of Irish] in, editor(s)Farr, F. & Moriarty, M. , Language, Learning and Teaching: Irish Research Perspectives, Berlin, Peter Lang, 2012, pp167 - 194, [Ó Murchadha, N.] Book Chapter, 2012

Ó Murchadha, N., Emerging target varieties of Irish as a result of Irish language planning, Caplletra, 53, 2012, p193 - 209 Journal Article, 2012

The perception of Standard Irish as a prestige target variety in, Kristiansen, T. & Coupland, N. , Standard Languages and Language Standards in a Changing Europe, Oslo, Novus, 2011, pp97 - 104, [Ó hIfearnáin, T. and Ó Murchadha, N.] Book Chapter, 2011 TARA - Full Text

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Walsh, J. & Ó Murchadha, N. et al., Position paper on research themes and profiles related to new speakers of indigenous minority languages, 2015 Report, 2015 URL

Ó Murchadha, N., Caighdeánú na Gaeilge' [The Standardisation of Irish], An Linn Bhuí: Iris Ghaeltacht na nDéise, 15, 2011, p109 - 125 Journal Article, 2011

Ó Murchadha, N., Caomhnú agus cothú na Gaeilge i gceantar Gaeltachta de chuid Chatagóir B: Cruthú pobal labhartha Gaeilge' [Preserving and sustaining Irish in a Category B Gaeltacht area, An Linn Bhuí: Iris Ghaeltacht na nDéise, 14, 2010, p183 - 188 Journal Article, 2010

Ó Murchadha, N., Staid reatha na Gaeilge i nGaeltacht na nDéise' [The current state of Irish in the Déise Gaeltacht], An Linn Bhuí: Iris Ghaeltacht na nDéise, 13, 2009, p140 - 154 Journal Article, 2009

Research Expertise

Projects

Keywords

Applied Linguistics; Celtic Linguistics; Folk Linguistics; Language education; Language Policy; LINGUISTICS; SOCIOLINGUISTICS; Sociology of Language

Recognition

Representations

External Examiner, University of Limerick

Member of Advisory Committee for project on 'Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Society'

Member of Management Committee for Cost Action IS1306: New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Opportunities and Challenges

Working Group Leader for COST Action IS1306 (WG 1 and WG7)

External Examiner National University of Ireland, Galway - MA in Language Planning.

Awards and Honours

Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Postgraduate Researcher 2009-2012

FAHSS, Postgraduate Scholarship, University of Limerick 2008

Advanced Scholar, University of Limerick 2008

Memberships

Irish Association of Applied Linguistics 2010 – Present

Centre for Applied Language Studies 2008 – Present