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Dr. Noel O Murchadha

Assistant Professor (Education)

I am a sociolinguist interested in investigating the conditions in which linguistic diversity is promoted, maintained or lost. This includes aspects of language policy around minority language maintenance, revitalisation and revival, but also pathways towards bi/multilingualism in a broader sense. I explore these issues both at an individual level and at a societal level. My current research focus is on aspects of language policy and language education policy. I have published on the standardisation of modern Irish and on perceptions of linguistic variation in Irish among teachers and students (primary, post-primary, third level). I am interested in the changing relationship between self and society in the late modern age and in the ways that these changes interact with language. Research supervision: I am available to supervise research projects in sociolinguistics and in a range of areas across language and language education studies, including research on language and language education policy. I am particularly interested, though not exclusively, in research on Irish and other minority languages. Tá suim faoi leith agam taighde ar ghnéithe de shochtheangeolaíocht na Gaeilge a stiúradh. Tá mé ar fáil mar stiúrthóir ar thaighde ar an nGaeilge agus fáiltím roimh thionscnaimh a scríobhfar i nGaeilge chomh maith.
  Applied Linguistics   Celtic Linguistics   Folk Linguistics   Language education   Language Policy   LINGUISTICS   SOCIOLINGUISTICS   Sociology of Language

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External Examiner, University of Limerick
Member of Advisory Committee for project on 'Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Society'
Member of Management Committee for Cost Action IS1306: New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Opportunities and Challenges
Working Group Leader for COST Action IS1306 (WG 1 and WG7)
External Examiner National University of Ireland, Galway - MA in Language Planning.
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Irish Fluent Fluent Fluent
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Irish Association of Applied Linguistics 2010 Present
Centre for Applied Language Studies
An Aird ar an Éagsúlacht Teanga, an Daonteangeolaíocht agus Canúintí na Gaeilge [Folk linguistics and the dialects of Irish] in, editor(s)Ó hIfearnáin, T. , An tSochtheangeolaíocht: Taighde agus Gníomh [Sociolinguistics: Research and Practice, Dublin, Cois Life, 2019, [Ó Murchadha, N.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Ó Murchadha, N., An Ghaeilge sa Nua-Aoiseacht Dhéanach [The Irish Language in Late Modernity], 1, An Spidéal, An Clóchomhar, 2018, Book, PUBLISHED
Smith-Christmas, C. Ó Murchadha, N., Hornsby, M. & Morisrty, M., New Speakers of Minority Languages: Linguistic Practices and Ideologies, London, Palgrave, 2018, Book, PUBLISHED
New speakers, new concepts? in, editor(s)Smith-Christmas, C., Hornsby, M., Moriarty, M. & Ó Murchadha, N. , Ideologies and Practices of New Speakers of Minority Languages , London, Palgrave, 2018, [Ó Murchadha, N., Smith-Christmas, C., Hornsby, M. & Moriarty, M.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Reflections on New Speaker Research and Future Trajectories in, editor(s)Smith-Christmas, C., Ó Murchadha, N., Hornsby, M. & Moriarty, M. , New Speakers of Minority Languages: Linguistic Ideologies and Practices, Palgrave, 2018, pp338 - 353, [Smith-Christmas, C. & Ó Murchadha, N.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
New speakers and language in the media: Audience design in Breton and Irish broadcast media in, editor(s)Smith-Christmas, C., Ó Murchadha, N., Hornsby, M. & Moriarty, M. , Ideologies and Practices of New Speakers of Minority Languages, London, Palgrave, 2018, [Moal, S., Ó Murchadha, N. and Walsh, J.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
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, 2018, [Ó Murchadha, N.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Ó Murchadha, N. & Flynn, C.J., Target language varieties and 'new speakers' of minority languages, International Symposium on Bilingualism 11, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland, 2018, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Ó Murchadha, N., Renegotiating standard language and language standards in minority contexts, Global approaches to multilingualism and standardisation, Cambridge University, 2018, Conference Paper, ACCEPTED
Ó Murchadha, N. & Flynn, C.J., Educators' target language varieties for language learners: Orientation towards 'native' and 'non-native' norms in a minority language context, Modern Language Journal, 102, (4), 2018, p797 - 813, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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Noel Ó Murchadha, Review of Normative Language Policy, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Nicola McLelland, Jing Huang, Jonathan Morris, Noel Ó Murchadha, 'Podcasts from the Strand 2 workshop: European experiences of 'good' language and 'bad' language',, 2017, -, Broadcast, PUBLISHED
Ó Murchadha, N., Aird ar an Éagsúlacht Teanga sa Ghaeilge [Language regard in Irish], Ó Thrácht go Twitter [From Tract to Twitter], February 7th 2017, 2017, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Student teachers' engagement with target language varieties for Irish , Flynn, C.J. & Ó Murchadha, N., Celtic Sociolinguistics Symposium II, Trinity College Dublin, 14-16 October 2016, 2016, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Ó Murchadha, N. & Flynn, C.J., Perceptions of Irish language variety appropriateness among student teachers , IRAAL Annual Conference, Trinity College Dublin, November 2016, 2016, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Attitudinal factors & language minoritisation, Ó Murchadha, N., Digital Language Minoritisation, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, October 7th, 2016, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Ó Murchadha, N., The Irish language in present-day Ireland, Contested Irish identities: language and nationalism, Trinity College Dublin, October, 2016, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Walsh, J. & Ó Murchadha, N. et al., Position paper on research themes and profiles related to new speakers of indigenous minority languages, 2015, Report, PUBLISHED
Ó Murchadha, N., Caighdeánú na Gaeilge' [The Standardisation of Irish], An Linn Bhuí: Iris Ghaeltacht na nDéise, 15, 2011, p109 - 125, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Ó Murchadha, N., 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, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
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