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'Soul and Body, Sound and Hearty': getting to know Bishop MacEachern.

MacPherson, Iain S. and MacDonald, Edward (2007) 'Soul and Body, Sound and Hearty': getting to know Bishop MacEachern. The Island Magazine, 1 (62). pp. 14-18. [Journal article]

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The examination of a letter written by first Roman Catholic bishop of Prince Edward Island, the Scottish Highlander Angus Bernard MacEachern, written in 1832 to a former parishoner Angus Walker in which the bishop engages in clever code switching from English to Scottish Gaelic and back in order to deliver a message which could only be understood, if intercepted, by another bilingual Scottish Gaelic/English speaker. The paper reveals the historical setting of the 1832 letter and goes on to examine closely the passages of Scottish Gaelic: their meaning in terms of social commentary, their non-standard orthography which provide clues to mainland Scottish dialect variants evidenced by the same, and the descriptions of parishoners encrypted in the author's first language.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Scottish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic nineteenth century usage in Prince Edward Island, code switching, encrypted messages
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of Irish Language and Literature
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute
ID Code:12094
Deposited By: Mr Iain MacPherson
Deposited On:19 Feb 2010 10:44
Last Modified:15 Aug 2012 11:10

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