Dr. Emily Barnes

Dr. Emily Barnes

Assistant Professor, Education

Publications and Further Research Outputs

  • Ní Chasaide, A., Ní Chiaráin, N., Berthelsen, H., Wendler, C., Murphy, A., Barnes, E. and Gobl, C. , Leveraging Phonetic and Speech Research for Irish Language Revitalisation and Maintenance, ICPhS 2019: the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia, 2019, pp994 - 998Conference Paper, 2019, URL , TARA - Full Text
  • Emily Barnes, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide, & Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Listening to minority voices: towards best practice in bilingual literacy assessment, Childhood Bilingualism Research Network Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 2019Oral Presentation, 2019
  • Emily Barnes, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide & Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Unravelling complexity in bilingual phonemic awareness: the role of orthography, International Symposium on Bilingual and L2 Processing in Adults and Children, The Netherlands, 2020Oral Presentation, 2020
  • Emily Barnes, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide & Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Deconstructing bilingual phonological awareness: the case for language-specific instruction, Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, California, USA, July 2020, 2020Conference Paper, 2020
  • Emily Barnes, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide, Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Predictors of literacy attainment in Irish-English bilinguals: implications for bilingual literacy assessment, 22nd European Conference on Literacy 46th Annual Conference, Literacy Association of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, 4-6 July 2022, 2022Oral Presentation, 2022
  • Ní Chasaide, A., Barnes, E., Ní Chiaráin, N., McGuirk, R., Morrin, O., Nic Corcráin, M., Cummins, J., Challenges in assistive technology development for an endangered language: an Irish (Gaelic) perspective, Ninth Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (SLPAT-2022), 2022Conference Paper, 2022, URL
  • Barnes, E., Morrin, O., Ní Chasaide, A., Cummins, J., Berthelsen, H., Nic Corcráin, M.,O" Neill, C., Gobl, C., Ní Chiaráin N., ) AAC don Ghaeilge: the Prototype Development of Speech-Generating Assistive Technology for Irish, Proceedings of the 4th Celtic Language Technology Workshop within LREC2022, 2022Conference Paper, 2022, URL , TARA - Full Text
  • Barnes, E. Ní Chiaráin, N. and Ní Chasaide, A., ). The design and pre-testing of literacy and cognitive tasks in Irish and English., Proceedings of the 42nd Conference of the Literacy Association of Ireland., 2019Conference Paper, 2019
  • Barnes, E. Ní Chiaráin, N and Ní Chasaide, A (2017). , Departures from the "norm": how the phonology, orthography and morphology of Irish impact on literacy instruction and acquisition. , Exploring the Literacy Landscape: conference proceedings of the 40th Conference of the Literacy Association of Ireland., 2017Conference Paper, 2017
  • Barnes, E and Ó Duibhir, P. , An Measúnú múnlaitheach ar Scileanna Litrithe [Formative Assessment of Spelling Skills], 2022, Comhdháil Chomhairle na GaelscolaíochtaInvited Talk, 2022
  • Barnes, E. & Ó Duibhir, P., A bilingual early literacy screener: the priorities and opinions of teachers in Gaeltacht schools and Gaelscoileanna, The Third All Ireland Research Conference on Immersion Education , 2022, 2022Oral Presentation, 2022
  • Barnes, E., Bilingual phonological awareness: when interdependence becomes interference, International Association for the Study of Child Language conference, 2021Oral Presentation, 2021
  • Barnes, E., Assessment and support for dyslexia in Irish-medium education: challenges of provision in a minority language, 2021Oral Presentation, 2021
  • Barnes, E. & Ó Duibhir, P., A Prototype Bilingual Literacy Screening Test for Pupils in Gaelscoileanna and Gaeltacht Schools: Design Consideration and Teacher Attitudes, TEANGA: The Journal of the Irish Association of Applied Linguistics, 30, 2023, p142 - 168Journal Article, 2023, URL , TARA - Full Text
  • Barnes, E., Ní Chiaráin, N. & Ní Chasaide, A., phonemic awareness: language-specific and universal contributions, Reading and Writing, 2024Journal Article, 2024, TARA - Full Text
  • Inclusive and Special Education in English-Medium, Irish-Medium, and Gaeltacht Schools: Policy and Ideology of a Fragmented System in, editor(s)Lidia Mañoso-Pacheco, José Luis Estrada Chichón, Roberto Sánchez-Cabrero , Inclusive Education in Bilingual and Plurilingual Programs, 2024, pp80 - 95, [Barnes, E.]Book Chapter, 2024, DOI , URL , TARA - Full Text
  • Barnes, E., Ní Chiaráin, N., Ní Chasaide, A., Predictors of dual-language literacy attainment in Irish-English bilinguals, International Journal of Bilingual Education and BilingualismJournal Article, DOI
  • Barnes, E., Nascanna idir fóineolaíocht agus ortagrafaíocht na Gaeilge: dúshláin faoi cheilt i múineadh na teanga ar an tríú leibhéal? [Links between the phonology and orthography of Irish: hidden challenges in third level education]. , Lárionad na Gaeilge, Maynooth University Seminar Series, 2021, 2021Invited Talk
  • Emily Barnes & Sinéad Andrews, Ag tacú le scoláirí a bhfuil riachtanais speisialta oideachais acu le linn na paindéime, le fócas ar an gcianfhoghlaim [Supporting students with special educational needs during the pandemic, with a focus on remote learning]., Comhdháil Cheannaireachta 2021 [Leadership Conference 2021 for senior management in Irish-medium school], 2021Invited Talk
  • Emily Barnes, Relationships between Sounds and Symbols: It"s Complicated, UCD Dictionary Seminar Series, 2020Invited Talk
  • Emily Barnes, An fheasacht fóineolaíochta agus scileanna luathlitearthachta: taighde agus cleachtadh [Phonemic awareness and early literacy skills: research and practice], Gaeloideachas Seminar Series, 2020Invited Talk

Research Expertise

  • Title
    Phonological awareness in the Irish language and its relationship with literacy acquisition in native and non-native Irish speakers
    This PhD project investigated the predictors of literacy attainment in Irish-English bilinguals, the extent to which they were language-specific as opposed to language-universal and whether differences existed between native and new speakers of Irish.
    Funding Agency
    Irish Research Council
  • Title
    AAC don Ghaeilge
    This project aims to develop an Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) system for the Irish language. Such a system allows the user to select a series of words/images to make a sentence which the computer reads out. This is the first such system in the Irish Language
    Funding Agency
    An Chomhairle Um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta
    Date From
    October 2022
    Date To
    October 2026
  • Title
    The development of a bilingual formative spelling assessment for children in Irish-medium and Gaeltacht schools
    This project involved the development of a formative spelling assessment in both Irish and English for children in Irish-medium and Gaeltacht schools. It was carried out with Professor Pádraig Ó Duibhir in SEALBHÚ in DCU.
    Funding Agency
    An Chomhairle Um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta


  • Advisor to the Educational Research Centre on the Drumcondra Test of Early Literacy - Gaeilge 2023-24
  • Journal Reviewer: Linguistic Minorities in Europe Online (LME)
  • Journal Reviewer: International Journal of Multilingualism
  • Journal Reviewer: Teanga, The Journal of the Irish Association of Applied Linguistics.