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Glorious Exploits

A Novel

by Ferdia Lennon

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Irish Vernacular in Glorious Exploits

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While it's impossible to determine for sure how ancient Greeks sounded, Ferdia Lennon asserts that, despite what one hears and reads in many works depicting this era, they didn't echo the tones of Oxford scholars. In his novel Glorious Exploits, set in 5th century BCE Sicily, the narrator Lampo converses in a contemporary Hiberno-English, a term that encompasses the dialects of English spoken in Ireland that retain grammatical structures, phonology, and vocabulary derived from Gaelic.

Until the 12th century, Irish Gaelic stood as the sole language of Ireland. The influx of Anglo-Normans introduced Old English to Dublin, yet Gaelic maintained its supremacy until the Tudor conquest in the 16th century. Following this, English ascended to become the standard language of administration and education, while Gaelic suffered suppression and was associated with inferiority. However, English didn't assert full dominance until the 19th century, catalyzed by the Great Famine (1845-1848), which...

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