Colm McGinley presented “Can you dig it? The influence of Irish on Spoken English” on April 9.
McGinley was UConn’s 2014-15 Fulbright Modern Irish Language Instructor. He is a recent MA graduate whose thesis considered the dialectal impacts of Irish in remote Gaeltacht (historically Irish-speaking) areas in which English is becoming the predominant language. His talk examined the influence of the Irish language on the English used in Ireland and in English-speaking countries with a large Irish immigrant population, with a focus on the Irish communities that came to North America.