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Posted on Wednesday, August 04, 2004 - 04:49 am:   Edit Post Print Post

A chairde,
Mar eolas daoibh:

Taking Stock in the Literature, Sociolinguistics and Legislation of Minority or Regional Languages in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Scotland
Queen’s University Belfast, 15-18 September 2004, organised by the Arts and Humanities Research Board Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies and the Forum for Research on the Languages of Scotland and Ulster, with additional funding from Foras na Gaeilge, Tha Boord o Ulstèr-Scotch, and Iomairt Cholm Cille


Wednesday 15 September 2004

19.00-22.00 Old Staff Common Room
Registration and Evening Buffet

Thursday 16 September 2003:
08.30 Registration in Peter Froggatt Centre 204
Arrival coffee and scones

09.15 Peter Froggatt Centre 212, Symposium Opening

Morning Session: Current Legislation

09.30 Languages Equality Bill
Seán Ó Cuireán, Pádraig Ó Laighin
10.30 Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill
Duncan Ferguson, Wilson Macleod
11.30 Morning coffee and tea
12.00 Ulster-Scots Academy
Ian Adamson, Gavin Falconer, Nelson McCausland, Ian Parsley, Anne Smyth
12.45 Scots and the Scottish Executive
Michael Hance

13.30 Buffet Lunch

Afternoon Session: Literature and Language Development

14.30 Ivan Herbison (Queen’s University Belfast)
The Revival of Scots in Ulster: Why Literary History Matters
15.30 Christopher Whyte (University of Glasgow)
Sorley Maclean and Modernism
16.30 Tea
17.00 Alan Titley (St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra)
Twentieth-century Literature in Irish and its Contribution to the Development of Irish
18.00 Panel and Further Discussion
18.30 Reception and Book Launch by Cló Ollscoil na Banríona
Patrick McKay
Fermanagh 1: Lisnaskea and District: The Parish of Aghalurcher
(Place-Names of Northern Ireland, vol. 8)
Neal Alexander, Shane Murphy and Anne Oakman
To the Other Shore: Cross-currents in Irish and Scottish Studies (Belfast Studies in Language, Culture and Politics 12)

Friday 17 September 2004

Morning Session: Sociolinguistics

09.30 The Sociolinguistics of Contemporary Scots Caroline Macafee.
10.30 Coffee
11.0 The Sociolinguistics of Contemporary Scottish Gaelic Will Lamb (Lews Castle College, Benbecula Campus)
12.0 The Sociolinguistics of Contemporary Irish Brian Ó Curnáin (Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies) Conchúr Ó Giollagáin (St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra)
13.0 Lunch

Afternoon Session: International Comparisons

14.00 Tomasz Wicherkiewicz (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan), author of The Making of a Language: The Case of the Idiom of Wilamowice, Southern Poland (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter 2003)
Kashubian and Scots
14.45 Alexander Pavlenko, author of several articles in Scottish Language Ukraine and Scots
15.30 Tea
16.00 Zammit Ciantar (University of Valetta), author of The Place-Names of the Coast of Gozo and translator of Hans Christian Andersen into Maltese Maltese and Irish
16.45 Final Session: International Comparisons and Issues; 2005 Symposium: Minority Languages and the Economy; Closing Discussion
18.00 (approx.) Close

Symposium Dinner, The Great Hall
19.30 Reception and Dinner
(Invited Guest Speakers: President Mary McAleese, Frank McAveety, Eamon Ó Cuiv, Peter Peacock, Angela Smith)

Saturday 18 September

Excursion to Down Cathedral, Downpatrick for Celtic Worship: A Celebration of the New Irish Language Version of the Book of Common Prayer, an event organised for the Irish Guild of the Church of Ireland by Gordon McCoy

9.30 Bus leaves Queen’s University
10.30 Tour of Cathedral
11.00 Arrivals
11.15 Welcomes and Opening Prayers
11.30 Nicholas Williams
'The Irish Language and the Reformation'
12.00 Questions
12.15 Rev Terence McCaughey.
'The Gaelic Bible in Ireland and Scotland'
12.30 Questions

12.45 Bus tour to surrounding places of historical and cultural interest (e.g. Saul
church, St. Patrick’s Centre, Strangford) with packed lunch

2.30 Seán Ó Duinn
'Celtic Christianity: The Irish Language Experience'
3.00 Questions
3.15 Gaelic-Speaking Minister from Scotland
4.00 Leaslaoi Ó Briain
'The Irish Language Guild of the Church of Ireland'
5.00 Service of Worship (including contributions from Scottish and Irish Gaelic choirs)
Book Launch: New Irish Language Version of the Book of Common Prayer
7.00 Bus departs from Downpatrick
8.00 Return to Queen’s University

Sunday 19 September

11.00 Bus Tour of Belfast
3.00 Presbyterian Service in Irish with An Tor ar Lasadh (‘The Burning Bush’) in Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, Belfast.

To participate, please contact to register by 6 September 2004: or
+ 44 (0)28 9097 3815 or +44 (0)28 9097 3390

I hope some of you will be able to attend.
Slán beo!

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Chris Dixon ( -
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A chairde,
I should have mentioned in the previous post that attendance at the symposium is FREE.
Le gach dea-ghuí!

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