Irish language gaining popularity on US campuses

“Although Irish has few practical applications, American university students of Irish descent are renewing ties with their ancestors’ native tongue. Twenty-nine American universities now teach Irish, including Notre Dame, which stopped teaching the language in the 1950s only to start up again in 1994. 2004 marked the establishment of a new Department of Irish Language and Literature in the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame. The university now offers a minor in Irish language and literature …” (more)

[Betty Carlson, Language Links, 15 December]

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