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.
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.
PUBLIC OUTREACH AND KEY ACHIEVEMENTS
2018 – Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Modern Language Research
PhD title: Éamon de Valera, the Irish language and linguistic nationalism
Name: Pádraig Mac Congáil
Alumni: where are they now?
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
Current position: Irish Language officer in the civil service