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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. From the reviews of previous editions 'This is worth its weight in gold-dust, for at last we have a proper, and often improper, dictionary of Irish slang.' - Hugh Leonard, "Sunday Independent".'Joyce would have loved it.' - John Boland, "The Times" (London). 'The book can take its place on the shelf beside the great Eric Partridge himself and there is no greater tribute.' - Sean McMahon, "Irish Independent". 'Slanguage is an exceptionally well researched work of reference.' - John Slevin, "RTE Guide". 'Much of the book is a joy to read.' - Brian Griffin, "International Journal of Lexicography". 'This is quite simply an outstandingly brilliant piece of Sherlock-Holmesing, characterised by both authenticity and wit.' - Aubrey Malone, "Books Ireland".

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780717143900
ISBN-10: 0717143902
Format: Paperback
(232mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Pages: 432
Imprint: Gill & Macmillan Ltd
Publisher: Gill
Publish Date: 12-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: Ireland


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Author Biography - Bernard Share

Bernard Share is a distinguished critic, writer and teacher. He is a former editor of Cara, the Aer Lingus in-flight magazine; the author of many books, including the bestselling The Emergency, a popular account of Irish life during World War II and the hilarious Inish, a novel originally published in 1966 and re-issued in 2009: Spike Milligan said on more than one occasion that it was the funniest book he had ever read. Bernard Share has been a lecturer in modern literature both in Ireland and Australia. The previous editions of Slanguage appeared to critical and commercial acclaim.

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