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Craic Baby : Dispatches from a Rising Language - Darach O Seaghdha

Craic Baby

Dispatches from a Rising Language

Paperback Published: 13th June 2019
ISBN: 9781788545266
Number Of Pages: 160

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The follow-up to Motherfoclóir, exploring the Irish language, both the very old and the very new. Craic Baby hinges on how watching a child learn to communicate changes how you think about language.

From the author of the bestselling Motherfoclóir , Non-fiction Irish Book of the Year.
A TLS Book of the Year.
What do we talk about when we talk about Irish? When we talk about saving or supporting a language do we mean the musical combination of syllables, or something more profound? How do new words enter a language, and what is the relationship between that strange dialect called Hiberno-English and its parent language?

Craic Baby picks up exactly where Motherfocloir left off and explores the very new and very old parts of the Irish language from a personal perspective. While Motherfoclóir was steeped in memory and a father-son relationship, Craic Baby hinges on the beginnings of a father-daughter relationship, and how watching a child learn to communicate changes how you think about language. Craic Baby will share more Irish words and issues connected to the language, in the same style as Motherfoclóir , but treated with greater confidence and more depth.

About the Author

Darach O'Seaghdha is the author of popular twitter account whose followers include Dara O'Briain, Ed Byrne, Marian Keyes, Colm Toibin, and Gerry Adams.

Industry Reviews

'Darach O Seaghdha's observations and reflections are intelligent and interesting' Irish Times.
'O Seaghdha wasn't keen on learning traditional Irish language when he was young. Inspired by his dad, he later made it his goal to help preserve it' The Big Issue.
'A wonderful blend of rudeness and erudition' TLS Books of the Year.
'I'd stray away from my beloved fiction for [Craic Baby] Darach O'Seaghdha's follow up to the brilliant Motherfocloir' Irish Times Books of the Year.
'Darach O Seaghdha has a gift for bringing Irish to life, through humour and through fascinating stories of why it is the way it is' Irish Daily Mirror.
'In Craic Baby, O Seaghdha wants to address fundamental points about language in Ireland on a longish agenda. And he does it brilliantly' Irish Examiner.

ISBN: 9781788545266
ISBN-10: 1788545265
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 13th June 2019
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.0  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.16

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