Irish Travellers’ views on Cant: what folk criteria of languageness tell us about the community†

  title={Irish Travellers’ views on Cant: what folk criteria of languageness tell us about the community†},
  author={Maria Rieder},
  journal={Language Awareness},
  pages={40 - 60}
  • M. Rieder
  • Published 5 February 2018
  • History
  • Language Awareness
ABSTRACT This article argues that Irish Travellers’ ideologies of languageness and their definition of Cant are closely linked to their perceptions of social reality. Cant is a communicative code which Travellers use beside English in Traveller-specific situations. Based on the analysis of focus groups, I take a folk-linguistic and anthropological approach and examine instances of metacommunication in which languageness and the status of Cant are negotiated among speakers, and explore what they… Expand
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