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    The nation, the state, and the neighbors: personation in Irish-language discourse

    Coleman, Stephen (2004) The nation, the state, and the neighbors: personation in Irish-language discourse. Language and Communication, 24. pp. 381-411. ISSN 0271-5309

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    Irish-language discourse features a pervasive system of practices involving the production and dissemination of directly reported speech. These homologous practices, here termed personation, include brief imitations of others in conversational speech, the use of direct voice in several poetic genres, the Irish-language song tradition, and a few influential novels. Personation is motivated by a semiotic ideology (personalism) which naturalizes speech and other expressive behavior as an immediate aspect of a person's social being. It is argued that personation, as a semiotic practice, motivates Irish-speakers' resistance to various attempts, centered in discourses of the nation and the state, to refigure the Irish language as the "voice" of a generalized and purified national past or as a semiotically transparent medium for the state. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Tradition; Poetry; Life;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Anthropology
    Item ID: 10428
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    Depositing User: Dr. Steve Coleman
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2019 15:07
    Journal or Publication Title: Language and Communication
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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