Newsletter #46: September 2019

Link of the month: Léann Teanga: An Reiviú

This month’s link, Léann Teanga: An Reiviú , is a very valuable resource for all those who are interested in language matters. Léann Teanga: An Reiviú is an annual online publication that aims to provide a platform for language discourse, not only in Ireland but also further afield. The magazine is associated with the MA sa Léann Tenaga [MA in Language Studies] in Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta, National University of Ireland, Galway, and students on the MA course, as well as Irish-language scholars, have the chance to share their research in the journal.

There are categories relating to almost every aspect of the language – translation, communication, heritage, reviews, language planning, sociolinguistics, language teaching, linguistics and technology. There is an archive in which all issues of the journal, since it was first published in 2013, are available and there are a wide range of topics to be found in each edition. The website itself is laid out very clearly and it is a big advantage that you can search either by year of publication or by topic.

It is also worth mentioning that the articles are peer-reviewed and, as a result, there is a high standard of independent research to be found in each one. The articles are laid out logically -there is a short introduction at the start of each article which gives the reader a taste of the direction of the article and the articles are clearly divided into manageable sections.

The seventh issue of the online journal was published this year and there is great variety to be found in it. There are 12 articles in this most recent issue, articles on sociolinguistics and language planning, translation and the use of machine-translation, Gaeltacht songs, Irish literature and the teaching of Irish literature, reviews of a variety of other Irish works, and lots more. There is, therefore, something interesting for everyone who would like to add to their knowledge of language matters more generally.

The editors of the journal want to provide a valuable resource for those who are interested in language matters and they have certainly done so, not only for Irish-language readership but also for researchers working in the Irish sector. It is important that there are opportunities for postgraduate students and for established academics to publish and to disseminate their work among the Irish-language community and this is an excellent way to promote further research and to facilitate engaging discussion on language matters.