Dr Marcas Mac Coinnigh


Dr Mac Coinnigh’s research examines phraseological units in the Irish language, primarily from a semantic, syntactic and lexical perspective. He has been involved in a major project in areal linguistics Widespread Idioms in Europe and Beyond, in which idiomatic and formulaic structures were mapped across a range of European languages.

In recent years his research focus has been in the field of Memory Studies where he has examined the relationship between language and conflict transformation. His current research project examines the links between (collective-cultural) memory, language and identity creation in post-conflict societies.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • Linguistics: formulaic language, multiword-fixed expressions in Irish
  • Memory Studies: ideas of collective and cultural memory in linguistic landscapes
  • Folkloristics: the narrative tradition and verbal arts.
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Alumni: where are they now?

Pádraig Mac Congáil

PhD title: Éamon de Valera, the Irish language and linguistic nationalism

Years of Study: 2014 - 2018
Country: Ireland
Current position:
Currently teaching the Irish language on a Fulbright scholarship in Glucksman Ireland House, New York University (NYC), and in Drew University (Madison, New Jersey)




Colm Mag Uiginn

PhD title: A Comparative Analysis of Nominal and Verbal morphology in the Speech of Irish speakers in the Donegal Gaeltacht and Belfast

Years of Study: 2011 - 2015
Country: Ireland
Current position: Irish Language officer in the civil service


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