Hiberno-English is the common speech of Ireland at all social levels. Its continuing vigour and individuality is triumphantly illustrated in Bernard Share?s invaluable Dictionary of Irish slang and colloquial English in Ireland. With upwards of 500 new entries and an almost equal number of additions to existing headwords, this third edition of Slanguage offers a clear challenge to those who argue that there is little to distinguish Hiberno-English as an idiom in its own right. Drawing on a rich heritage of Irish, English, Ulster Scots, Shelta, Hindustani, Swahili and many other linguistic resources, Hiberno-English has retained both its inventiveness and its vigour in a country which now plays host to some 167 languages, suggesting that Ireland will continue to make new words for old in the spirit of its own highly distinctive idiom. 416 pages.
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