[Humanist] 28.540 no longer hidden: spoken Irish from 20C

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 540.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 13:56:41 +0000
        From: "Niall O'Leary" <nialloleary.dho at gmail.com>
        Subject: Hidden Words from the Twentieth Century -- Unpublished Collections of Spoken Irish

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to alert you to the launch of a new Irish language website,
"Focail Fholaithe", or "Hidden Words" on 02/12/14 at the Royal Irish

The Foclóir na Nua-Ghaeilge (FNG) project, in the Royal Irish Academy, has
in its possession a large collection of manuscripts, in which there are
Irish words, phrases and notes collected from native Irish speakers all
over the country during the twentieth century. Among them is a 500 page
collection from Connemara by Tomás de Bhaldraithe (1916–1996), two thousand
pages of examples collected by Seosamh Ó Dálaigh (1909–1992) in Munster,
and another collection of the same size by Séamus Ó Grianna (1889–1969) in
Ulster. With support from the Research Project Grant Scheme 2013 of the
Irish Research Council, the staff of FNG were able to put together a
research team to make these collections available to the public, in
searchable format, free of charge, through http://focailfholaithe.fng.ie.

There are over twenty thousand entries in the database at this stage, along
with other supporting information from the manuscripts, and it is hoped
that, depending on funding, the project will be further developed in the

“Hidden words” were found among the entries on the database, i.e. words and
phrases not found in twentieth century printed dictionaries. These are also
found on the website. It is vital that this richness of language is
preserved, so that scholars and learners of Irish can access them, or they
will be lost.

All the best,

Niall O'Leary

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