Marcas Mac Coinnigh


  • Room 02.002 - 10 University Square

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields 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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Personal profile


I was appointed to a lectureship in Irish and Celtic Studies in 2007, having previously held the Vera Furness Research Fellowship at the University of Ulster (2003–6) and an IRCHSS Post-doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Modern Irish, University College Cork (2006–7). I was Senior Fulbright Irish Language Scholar in the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame in 2010–11.

More recently, I held a Visiting Research Fellowship at The Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR), University of London (2018), where I engaged in research on Cultural Memory and the Irish Language. 


Research Interests

My principal research interests are in the fields of:

(1) Irish Phraseology (Irish paremiography; phraseological typologies; linguo-stylistic approaches to syntactic/structural/semantic markers; conceptual metaphor and blending).

(2) Memory and Language (collective and cultural memory; memory and identity formation; cultural identity)

(3) Folkloristics (stereotypes and humour; international and national slurs in the blason populaire; oikotypes and regional variation).

(4) Historical lexicography and lexicology (18th-century bilingual lexicography; metalexicographic examinations of Irish-English/English-French dictionaries; paremiological minimum and cultural literacy). 



I currently convene and teach the following modules:

  • Gaeilge 1
  • Béaloideas na hÉireann
  • Scannánaíocht na Gaeilge
  • Dúchas na Gaeilge
  • An Gearrscéal sa Ghaeilge
  • An Béal Beo


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