Chair: Llion Pryderi Roberts
The twentieth century saw a rapid growth in the publication of bilingual Irish-language dictionaries. The foundation of the State brought this impetus through from Revival times. Much of this growth occured in an ad-hoc manner, and was brought about by individual lexicographers be they working in 'private' or 'public' projects. Alongside these publications, lexicography blossomed in a far more expansive and structured way in the area of terminological dictionaries.
This paper will take a cursory glance over the six time-periods of Modern-Irish terminography in the twentieth century, and will analyse the continuity and success of much of the State-sponsored work in the field. The connections back to the work that also occured on the larger State-led bilingual dictionary projects will also be referenced.
The evolution of the thought process behind term-creation will be examined, as will the necessity of the creation of the Standing Committee on Terminology and how these factors led to a far more cohesive publication of lexicographic material within this specialist area than any other. Finally, the suggestion of a specialist term 'an tearmfhoclóireacht' to describe this work within the languge will be mooted.
Corpas Stairiúil na Gaeilge 1600-1926 (www.corpas.ria.ie) is a new online digital resource for scholarship relating to the Irish language. The corpus comprises over 3000 Irish texts and a search tool allows searches of varying types (among which is a search returning forms based on a lemma or headword) across a corpus of nearly 20 million tokens. It will return KWIC results and further allows selection and reading from a database of Irish texts. This paper will discuss the main features of Corpas, and will expand on the technical and linguistic challenges which remain in developing its scope and capacity. This recent, significant lexicographical milestone will also be contextualised within the broader project ongoing in the Royal Irish Academy, which aims to produce a dictionary, on historical principles, of the Irish of the modern period.