Noel O Murchadha
Assistant Professor, Education

Biography

I am a sociolinguist currently focusing on attidudes and ideologies around linguistic variation, on folk linguistics and on perceptual dialectology. My research focuses on teenagers' perceptions of linguistic variation in contemporary spoken Irish and on the standardisation of Modern Irish. I am particularly interested in the changing relationship between self and society in the late modern age and in the impact such changes have on language variation and change in a minoritised language context. Within this paradigm, I have investigated the role of subjective, social-psychological factors in language variation and change in Irish.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Ó Murchadha, N.P. & 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

Spassiani, N.A., Ó Murchadha, N.P., 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

Ó Murchadha, N.P. & 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, 2016 Journal Article, 2016

Ó Murchadha, N.P., 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

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.P.] Book Chapter, 2013

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.P.] Book Chapter, 2012

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

Ó hIfearnáin, T. and Ó Murchadha, N.P., Ideological contestation amongst new speakers, Sociolinguistics Symposium 20, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, June 2014 Conference Paper,

Ó Murchadha, N.P., Covert language preference: Adolescents' attitudes towards varieties of Irish, New Challenges for Multilingualism in Europe, Dubrovnik, Croatia, April 2010 Conference Paper,

Ó Murchadha, N.P., Linguistic and ideological transgression and new speakers of a minority language, International Symposium on Bilingualism 10, Rutgers University, NJ, May 2015 Conference Paper,

Ó Murchadha, N.P., Overt and Covert Ideology: Target Language Varieties among Adolescents in the Gaeltacht, Harvard Celtic Colloquium, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, October 2010 Conference Paper,

Ó Murchadha, N.P., Exploring the efficacy of the polynomic model of linguistic standardisation for late modern Irish, Harvard Celtic Colloquium, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, October 2012 Conference Paper,

Ó Murchadha, N.P., Contention in minority language standardisation: Language ideological debates around standardising modern Irish, Celtic Studies Association of North America Annual Meeting, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, April 2013 Conference Paper,

Ó Murchadha, N.P., Evaluations of prestige among young Irish-speakers in the Gaeltacht, Irish Association of Applied Linguistics Postgraduate Symposium, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland, October 2010 Conference Paper,

Ó Murchadha, N.P., Language styles on Irish-language television, Language(?) in the Media(?) 4: Rethinking the Field, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland, June 2011 Conference Paper,

Flynn, C.J., Ó Murchadha, N.P. & Ortega, A., Language policy, speakers' ideologies and new speaker linguistic identity: the case of Irish and Basque, Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, University of Murcia, June 2016 Conference Paper,

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

Ó Murchadha, N.P., Spriocanna úra teanga: Anailís ar Ghaeilge iar-Ghaeltachta agus ar a tionchar ar urlabhra na Gaeltachta [New target language varieties: An analysis of post-Gaeltacht Irish and its impact on the Gaeltacht vernacular}, In tune conference, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland, April 2009 Conference Paper,

Ó Murchadha, N.P., Adolescent minority language speakers: valorisation, prestige and target varieties of Irish, Sociolinguistic Symposium 18, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK, September 2010 Conference Paper,

Ó Murchadha, N.P., Teenagers' attitudes towards variation in spoken Irish, International Symposium on Bilingualism 8, University of Oslo, June 2011 Conference Paper,

Ó Murchadha, N.P., Target language varieties of Irish-speaking adolescents in the Déise Gaeltacht: Emerging language targets, Language Policy and Language Learning, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland, June 2009 Conference Paper,

Ó Murchadha, N.P., Gnéithe den daonteangeolaíocht sa Ghaeilge [Aspects of folk linguistics in Irish], University of Limerick Symposium on Sociolinguistics, Limerick, Ireland, March 2012 Conference Paper,

Ó Murchadha, N.P., Authority and authenticity in contemporary spoken Irish: An urban-rural divide? , Sociolinguistic Symposium 19, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, August 2012 Conference Paper,

Ó Murchadha, N.P., Éagsúlacht Teanga agus an Seasamh i Leith na hÉagsúlachta: An Ghaeilge sa nua-aoiseacht dhéanach [Language Variation and Stances on Variation: Irish in Late Modernity], 1, Indreabhán, An Clóchomhar Book,

Ó Murchadha, N.P. and Walsh, J., Late-modern linguistic variation in a minority language radio context: The Irish language stations Radio na Gaeltachta and Raidio na Life, 2nd International Symposium on New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe , Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, November 2014 Conference Paper,

Ó Murchadha, N.P., Target language varieties among adolescents in the Gaeltacht, Centre for Applied Languages Studies Research Day, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland, May 2010 Conference Paper,

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, [Ó Murchadha, N.P.] Book Chapter,

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, pp97 - 104, [Ó hIfearnáin, T. and Ó Murchadha, N.P.] Book Chapter,

Ó Murchadha, N.P., Speech models for 'new speakers' of minority languages, British Association of Applied Linguistics Annual Meeting, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, September 2013 Conference Paper,

Smith-Christmas, C., Hornsby, M., Moriarty, M. & Ó Murchadha, N.P. (eds), Ideologies and Practices of New Speakers of Minority Languages, 1, London, Palgrave Book,

Flynn, C., Ó Murchadha, N.P. & Ortega, A., An analysis of subjective responses to new speaker varieties of Basque and Irish, 3rd International Symposium on New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe, Hamburg, May 2016 Conference Paper,

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

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

Ó Murchadha, N.P., 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.P., 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; LINGUISTICS; SOCIOLINGUISTICS; Sociology of Language

Recognition

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