Humans tend to group. Human groupings tend to look for land. Forming a nation happens to be the accepted rationale for a human population to hold a place on earth. How do some populations become successful, while others collapse?
Language is often taken for granted, whereas there would be no economy and scientific advancement without it. Worse, language happens to be blamed as … a tool for domination.
A recent show on Irish television — RTE One, ‘The Limits of Liberty’, the narrative by Diarmaid Ferriter, according to what you get from RTE over the web — ventured to tell that the enhanced use of English in Ireland has been a sign of cultural submission. It is hard to dominate someone who does not speak your language, the observation was.
Show authors exhibited evident entanglement with notions of physical power. They recognized two kinds of power. The ‘hard power’ would be the police and the military. Language would be the ‘soft power’.
There is a joke on physical powers and language. Saying ‘come in’ may be physically more efficient than carrying someone in the room, especially if wholesome. Seriously, saying ‘fish and chips’ does not give you a Leo Burdock, unless you’ve got the cash to make the deal.
History would not blame language. Invaders would have always been fiercer on people they could not comprehend. Nowadays, political debates would prove time and again that humans are phylogenetically capable of taking days and more of language without any influence to own thinking processes.
I have looked for a corpus of Irish English, as autonomous language environments always have own corpora. Google brings Gaelic-English glosses if you key in ‘Irish English dictionary’. Limerick university would not focus on Irish English offering courses. The International Corpus of English requires a request form and does not promise anything.