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Foras na Gaeilge and Bwrdd yr Iaith Gymraeg: Yoked but not yet shackled

Williams, Colin 2009. Foras na Gaeilge and Bwrdd yr Iaith Gymraeg: Yoked but not yet shackled. Irish Studies Review 17 (1) , pp. 55-88. 10.1080/09670880802658141

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This essay compares the manner in which the principal language agencies in Ireland and Wales face the challenge of promoting their respective national indigenous languages. The comparison brings into sharp relief the differing political contexts and operational constraints which influence both the scope and effectiveness of both organisations. It is argued that whereas the chief barrier to the greater success of Foras na Gaelige is its requirement to navigate between various levels of bureaucracy at both the Irish and UK/Northern Ireland levels of government, the chief obstacle to the full realisation of the work of theWelsh Language Board is its ambiguous position and uncertain future within the Welsh administrative system. Quite radical proposals are offered by which some of these difficulties could be overcome, should the political commitment of the respective governments be strengthened in favour of implementing amore robust bilingual policy for both Irish and Welsh.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Welsh
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages > PB1001 Celtic languages and literature
Uncontrolled Keywords: language policy and planning ; government agencies ; democracy and citizenship ; human rights
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0967-0882
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:59

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