Máirtín Ó Murchú

Máirtín Ó Murchú is an Irish professor of Celtic studies and emeritus professor of the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies.[1][2] He previously also was Director of the School of Celtic at DIAS and a Professor of Irish at Trinity College Dublin.[3]

He has published widely on Irish and Scottish Gaelic linguistics and the Irish language in general, such as the handbook on the state of the Irish language (co-authored with Helen Ó Murchú) for the European Bureau for Lesser-Used Languages[4] or the section on Irish in Blackwell's Encyclopedia of the Languages of Europe[5]

He has also been fundamental in the development of a standard pronunciation for Irish, the Lárchanúint, in particular his 1969 article Common Core and Underlying Forms which has been described as ground-breaking.[6]


One of his key publications in Scottish Gaelic studies was East Perthshire Gaelic: Social History, Phonology, Texts and Lexicon on the now defunct Scottish Gaelic dialect of East Perthshire.[7]

Other academic works include:

  • (1985) The Irish Language. Dept. of Foreign Affairs/Bord na Gaeilge
  • (1993) "Aspects of the Societal Status of Modern Irish" in The Celtic Languages; edited by Martin J. Ball with James Fife. (Routledge Language Family Descriptions.) London: Routledge
  • (2000) "An Ghaeltacht mar réigiún cultúrtha: léargas teangeolaíoch" in Teanga, pobal agus réigiún; eagarthóirí: Liam Mac Mathúna, Ciarán Mac Murchaidh agus Máirín Nic Eoin. Baile Átha Cliath: Coiscéim
  • (2002) Ag Dul ó Chion: Cás na Gaeilge 1952-2002. (An aimsir óg. 1. Paimflead.) Baile Átha Cliath: Coiscéim
  • (2005) Dineen and Ó Donaill in Dinneen and the Dictionary; edited by Pádraigín Riggs. London: Irish Texts Society


  1. "Guest Speakers at the 2006 Merriman Summer School". Cumann Merriman. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  2. "Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies - Staff and scholars". Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  3. "National Library of Ireland". National Library of Ireland. October 2002. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  4. Ó Murchú, M. & Ó Murchú, H. ''Irish: Facing the Future / An Ghaeilge: a hAghaidh Roimpi (1999) EBLUL ISBN 1-870675-14-2
  5. Price, G. An Encyclopedia of the Languages of Europe (1998) Blackwell ISBN 978-0631192862
  6. Nic Pháidín, C. & Ó Cearnaigh, S. A New View of the Irish Language (2008) Cois Life Teo ISBN 978-1-901176-82-7
  7. Ó Murchú, M. East Perthshire Gaelic: Social History, Phonology, Texts, and Lexicon (1989) Institiúid Ard-Léinn Bhaile Átha Cliath ISBN 978-0901282934

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