On Wednseday, March 7, 2018, at 1:00 PM (GISB room 4067), EURO will be hosting a talk by Lydia Cullen, PhD Student and Associate Instructor at IU's Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology.
An abstract for the talk, entitled "Music as a Tool for Language Sustainability in Ireland," can be found below:
Gaeilge (Irish) is the official language of The Republic of Ireland. However, Irish is spoken as a first language by a small minority of residents. Today, advocates and educators use music as a tool for sustaining the language. This lecture is an ethnomusicological examination of language advocacy, which draws upon field research with sean-nós (“old style”) singers and an immersive summer program in An Cheathrú Rua. The talk surveys music as a tool for language sustainability from grassroots initiatives to Youtube videos.