Spreading the Word(s): Engaging with eDIL

Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge
Department Name: Anglo-Saxon Norse and Celtic

Abstract

Words tell stories and capture histories. The revised electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language (eDIL www.dil.ie) underlying this proposed project encompasses 1,000 years of such words and their meanings, from 600 to 1600 AD and its geographical range covers Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. It provides a unique insight into aspects of life in an extended historical era, since its account of how words were adopted, used and changed (in about 40,000 entries) reveals how people lived and described their life experience in words. Analysis of texts written in this period by researchers on a five-year AHRC-funded project, 'Text and Meaning', brought a range of new words to light, as well as new meanings for existing Dictionary entries. Early attestations of words were uncovered and figurative usage; incorrect meanings were identified and deleted, as were some ghost-words. All in all more than 5,000 changes were made to the Dictionary and a major new online revised and augmented version was published at the end of the project. Academic and widespread general interest in the work is indicated by the significant publicity its appearance received.
Much of the general interest was engendered through impact and public engagement activities undertaken as part of the primary project, including ten public lectures and interactive presentations, and a very active social media presence. In the case of the latter, a Word of the Week feature on the Dictionary's website regularly supplied members of the public (including 3811 followers of the project's Twitter account, @eDIL_Dictionary) with interesting information pertaining to a wide variety of words. A cultural history of Ireland drawing on 100 words by three team members, A History of 100 Words, caught the imagination of a general public and sold out within days of its launch; it was shortlisted for Best Irish-Published Book of the Year 2019.
We wish to address this evident broader interest in the cultural and linguistic aspects of our research and avail of new opportunities that have presented themselves, as a result of impact and public engagement activities already delivered. A second strand of our proposed work responds to recent significant changes in the educational landscape of Ireland and the United Kingdom, in relation to specific curricula, as well as the emphasis placed on independent and classroom-based projects. Our two-pronged approach will ensure that eDIL becomes embedded in the cultural heritage agenda of Ireland in particular and will have a lasting impact on educational resources pertaining to subjects such as History, Irish (Gaelic) and Religious Studies in Ireland and Britain.
Collaborating with two main sectors, education and cultural heritage, our principal objectives are the following:
1. To work with school teachers in developing educational resources for pupils.
2. To assist public libraries, museums and other bodies to highlight the importance of words in promoting and understanding cultural and linguistic heritage.
This project will produce three main outcomes, each with the potential for significant impact:
1. Freely available, age-appropriate, digital educational resources will shape how pupils engage with the medieval past and by developing their historical consciousness will increase their awareness of history's continuing effects.
2. Workshops, exhibitions and other events hosted in museums, libraries and other venues will help audiences to appreciate the importance of words as a window on the past, deepening their understanding of aspects of medieval life and literature and showcasing the enduring relevance and universality of many historical themes.
3. Recording and podcasting some of these events and an online exhibition will provide the project with a digital afterlife.
Overall, the impact of the work will be to facilitate a better general appreciation of the complexities of the past and how it shaped and continues to inform the present.

Planned Impact

The proposed project will have significant impact on two main sectors with which we will collaborate, (1) Education and (2) Cultural Heritage. In addition, its influence will benefit the general public more broadly.

Recent developments in the educational landscape of Ireland and the United Kingdom include an increased importance on classroom-based projects and student-led research. In addition, study of medieval history is increasingly undertaken as part of explaining the modern world, with a concomitant emphasis on historical consciousness. These and other changes in Religious Studies and Irish courses provide an unparalleled opportunity for
eDIL research, with its focus on understanding the past through words, to inform aspects of second-level education and to work productively with those delivering these changing courses, for which engaging informative resources will be required. The benefits from this collaboration will be threefold:
1. Teachers' involvement in a productive co-operation with academic researchers will contribute to their professional development, as well as informing their their own view of the past.
2. Age-appropriate, stimulating resources designed as a result of the collaboration will be made available to teachers and pupils; shaping how pupils engage with the medieval past and developing their historical consciousness will increase their awareness of history's continuing effects. With reference to curricula in subjects such as History, Irish and Religious Studies, as taught in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom, the project has the potential to influence teaching and learning in core humanities subjects, as well as provide stimulating material for use in independent project research.
3. Translation of the resources into Irish (Gaelic) will be of particular benefit to Irish-language medium schools, since engaging material in Irish is often lacking.
Among the general public more broadly, we wish to harness the widely-held interest in words and the past which manifested itself through the very positive reaction to public engagement activities already undertaken, and especially through the enthusiastic response to the publication of A History of 100 Words (by Arbuthnot, Ni Mhaonaigh and Toner). One reviewer of the volume specifically noted the lack of exhibitions devoted to the themes and early literature within the book. Our aim is to collaborate with museums and libraries to redress this lack and in this way situate our research within the cultural heritage sector more generally, by means of a series of events, some of which will also be captured in digital and audio form. The benefits of this are threefold:
1. Events hosted in various venues will help audiences to appreciate the importance of words as a window on the past, deepening their understanding of aspects of medieval life and literature and showcasing the enduring relevance and universality of many historical themes.
2. The digital afterlife of some of these events, through recording of workshops, podcasting of talks and the creation of an online exhibition will create an online resource which will have a more lasting impact, encouraging continued engagement with aspects of the past.
3. Collaboration with museums, libraries and public bodies such as Culture Ireland, will provide a working model for future accessible, engaging presentations of academic research. Working with the Royal Irish Academy and the newly-opened Museum of Literature Ireland will foster a creative, multi-media approach which should be of enduring value.

In order to monitor and evaluate the impact of our work, we will gather feedback from the various constituencies, teachers, pupils and the general public in a variety of ways: paper forms; electronic surveys; testimonials. In addition, we will encourage members of the general public to take away and adopt some of our words and solicit responses and engagement in this way also.

Publications

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Description Work carried out under the award forms part of a significant radio series which has been produced in collaboration with the Museum of Literature Ireland and these have been drawn on by broadcasters and creative writers among others. Teaching resources are currently being developed in association with a working group of teachers; they have been used by the teachers working with us to date and after they have been trialled in schools will be much more widely available. Heritage material produced as part of the award has been widely cited and drawn upon; this includes a guide and map, with associated podcast pertaining the the landscape of Northern Ireland (specifically around Lough Foyle), as well as a series of videos on various topics pertaining to medieval Ireland and its link with the wider world.
First Year Of Impact 2020
Sector Creative Economy,Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description A series of ten videos on Irish words in English for the Cambridge Festival 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This relates to a series of ten videos on Irish words in English prepared in connection with the Cambridge Festival 2021; the videos have not yet been made public, as the Festival will run from 26 March to 4 April 2021. An online event will also be held as part of the Festival on 1 April, 'Craic and Shenanigans, in Search of English Words Borrowed from Irish' (https://www.festival.cam.ac.uk/events/craic-and-shenanigans-search-english-words-borrowed-irish). The aim is to alert an audience to the history of a range of words, some of which do indeed come from Irish (such as brogue) but some of which are associated with Irish without having any connection with the language (such as craic and shenanigans). It will provide another dimension to the history of relations between Ireland and England since the medieval period. Impact cannot yet be measure as the videos have yet to be publicised and the online event has yet to happen, but early comments suggest that members of the public are thinking about what words reveal about connections between the two islands in new ways.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbn36FwGNPvl79fYP_5fLI2aYWAGCGzFk
 
Description Audio of medieval Irish Hallowe'en tale with accompanying manuscript image 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A recording of a medieval Irish tale, 'The Adventure of Nera' (Echtra Nerai) was made at the University of Cambridge with accompanying manuscript images for the narrative. It was broadcast on the University of Cambridge social media channels for Hallowe'en. It reached a large audience, many of whom do not regularly engage with the history and literature of medieval Ireland and generated debate and discussion on social media (via @eDIL_Dictionary).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://twitter.com/cambridge_uni/status/1322471372770082816?lang=en-gb
 
Description Blog produced for the British Academy Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog written and published in connection with the British Academy Summer Showcase - and released by the Academy on a number of occasions since them - on medieval multlingualism. The aim was to encourage the general public to think about the various ways languages were used in the medieval period focussing on a specific text which illustrated different languages at work in connection with one another. Since the British Academy have used the blog in question a few times since, it is clear that it engages with a wider audience, though the exact nature of the impact is difficult to gauge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/blog/summer-showcase-2020-words-12th-century-text-reveal-multili...
 
Description British Academy Summer Showcase Videos 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Two videos on the development of medieval Irish words were showcased as part of the British Academy Summer Showcase (online June 2020): the relevant urls are below (only one can be provided in the url box)
(1) on some Irish words with their origins outside of Ireland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQMLnaUwgng&list=PLbn36FwGNPvlKdzS1lHvBjhJSlWHHo_x4?dex=2
(2) on how words can reveal our worldview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAEf7_OvP7E&list=PLbn36FwGNPvlKdzS1lHvBjhJSlWHHo_x4?dex=3

The invitation to produce these videos came as a result of a competitive process via the British Academy; it provided an extensive platform for introducing a new audience to some types of medieval Irish words and their histories.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Cambridge Science Festival live event with follow up video 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A lecture and presentation which formed part of the Cambridge Science Festival 2020, presented with archaeologists bring historical and material evidence together, the theme of which was 'Everyday life in Medieval Ireland'. About 50 people attended the original presentation in March 2020 and feedback forms indicated that in many cases it changed their understanding of medieval Ireland. Part of the talk It has been converted in part into a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OwqR1xQtHM), with further parts of the presentation to follow online. The video already uploaded has received more than 1,000 views.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OwqR1xQtHM
 
Description Development of Teaching Resources 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact These teacher resources are in the process of being developed in collaboration with a group of teachers, for whom we have organised a number of workshops; and they have also been presented (but not yet in detail) at events of larger groups. The resources have been translated into Irish Gaelic also and a number of new illustrations have been obtained (drawn by Joe McLaren). A website to host them is in the process of development so that these resources will generate their major impact in the future when they have been trialled in schools and are available online. They are focussed on ten words in particular with links to a wide range of activities; extension exercises and related posters and other material are in the process of being development. The aim is to get school pupils to think about how words reveal their history and use ten words to provide a gateway to different strands of medieval Irish life. Some of the resources are also aimed at getting pupils to develop Classroom based assessments (in the context of the Republic of Ireland schools), and Higher Project Qualifications and Extended Project Qualifications in the UK system. The teachers we are working with have been very positive about the resources; their main impact is yet to come.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
 
Description European Heritage Days, Northern Ireland, series of videos 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A series of two videos were prepared for the European Heritage Days, Northern Ireland, on landscape features in Northern Ireland, Lough Foyle and Dundrum Bay:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0XWMMaUI6o&list=PLbn36FwGNPvl3akmoLZHwila7uu4bLGZp;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbu6dfoX7bM&list=PLbn36FwGNPvl3akmoLZHwila7uu4bLGZp?dex=3.

The aim was to inform a general audience about the significance about various aspects of the landscape in Northern Ireland and how their stories and histories come down to us. It led to an invitation to produce a more detailed booklet on related places.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbu6dfoX7bM&list=PLbn36FwGNPvl3akmoLZHwila7uu4bLGZp&index=3
 
Description Guide, Map and Podcast, From the Foyle, Places, People and the Past, produced for the Northern Ireland Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A guide, map and podcast was produced on the landscape of the Foyle for the Northern Irish Science Festival. The aim was to provide families and the general public with reliable information on the places and history of the Foyle; the map and guide and associated podcast is designed to be used when walking around the locality. It was released in February 2021 and as a relatively recent publication/podcast its impact has yet to be fully measured.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://nisciencefestival.com/e21444-from-the-foyle-places-peoples-and-the-past
 
Description Heritage Week, Northern Ireland, 2020, live online event and series of videos prepared 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A live event on the heritage of Lough Neagh was presented as part of Northern Ireland Heritage Week and a series of three videos prepared:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz7hxCazwrY;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8PtJAA5eTM;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhXHFnDJnAE.

It was a family event intended to get people to think more about the landscape around them and its history - it was cast as a 'Horrible Histories event'. There was a lively social media discussion afterwards (through @eDIL_Dictionary). The videos were awarded a National Heritage Award for Derry, as a result of which there was an article and interview about the event and the videos in the Derry Post.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz7hxCazwrY
 
Description Interview with BBC Radio Foyle on the Mark Patterson Show to mark the launch of a booklet and podcast produced for the Northern Ireland Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An interview with Dr Sharon Arbuthnot on the Mark Patterson Show (15 February 2021) in which she introduced a podcast and booklet produced on the landscape of the Foyle for the Northern Ireland Science Festival: From the Foyle, Places, People and the Past. This was to draw attention to the resource available to download and use on a walk around the district of the Foyle to learn about its history and stories.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/brand/b07l5tnx
 
Description Interview with TV station on the occasion of a mobile exhibition at the Linen Hall Library Belfast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An interview with Gregory Toner and short film about the exhibition, A History of Ireland in 10 Words, filmed and hosted by the TV company Meon Eile. Conducted in the Irish language, it brought a different audience to the material.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.meoneile.ie/cultur-agus-ealain/stair-na-heireann-i-100-focal-leabhar-agus-taispeantas
 
Description Online event to mark mobile exhibition hosted by Dublin Library. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was a live online presentation to mark the opening of an exhibition, A History of Ireland in Ten Words, hosted by the LexiCon Library Dublin (September 2020). It introduced new material to an audience, specifically on libraries and related concepts. The aim was to present audiences with strands of history through specific words and get them to think in new ways about particular concepts. The exhibition itself was hosted by this Dublin Library in September and October 2020. A series of postcards was printed to accompany the exhibition which were collected by visitors to the exhibition. The visitors to the exhibition were based in Ireland, but an international audience participated in the online event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Online event to mark the hosting of a mobile exhibition on the project at the Linenhall Library Belfast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was an online event at Hallowe'en 2020 to mark the hosting of a mobile exhibition, A History of Ireland in 10 Words, at the Linen Hall Library Belfast (October, November 2020). The library was closed because of lockdown and so the period of the mobile exhibition was less than originally planned. The exhibition focuses on ten words inviting people to think about them and the history they reveal in new ways. The online event focussed on words and traditions concerned with Hallowe'en and involved a presentation followed by interactive questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Patrick's Words and Worlds, online event for St Patrick's Day, 2021, hosted by the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This event has yet to take place and so audience numbers and impact cannot yet be determined. It is scheduled for 17 March 2021, an online event hosted by the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool. It is a presentation aimed at the general public using the links St Patrick embodies as the starting point for an exploration of the relationship between Ireland and England, illustrated through specific words and concepts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/patricks-words-and-worlds-a-st-patricks-day-event-registration-993549...
 
Description Presentation on teaching resources to the History Teachers of Ireland Association 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Dr Sharon Arbuthnot presented the teaching resources being developed by the project and other associated material to the History Teachers of Ireland Association. There was a lively discussion and many questions afterwards from an audience of about 60. It was aimed at teachers rather than their pupils.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Regular tweets on social media account @eDIL_Dictionary 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact There is a lively Twitter account associated with the project which commenced under the previous AHRC research project (www.dil.ie). The Twitter account has over 5,000 followers and has become a focus for discussion and debate of many issues to do with medieval Irish words and history; since the beginning of this project in 2020, these have been associated specifically with 'Spreading the Words'. There are daily tweets and the Twitter account is also the focus for discussion of 'Word of the Week' (published via the project's Facebook account - see separate portfolio activity). People note having had their opinions changed about words and learning a great deal from the account.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://twitter.com/eDIL_Dictionary
 
Description Royal Irish Academy Blog on Teaching Resources 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A blog produced for the Royal Irish Academy on teaching resources available and in preparation on the medieval period. The aim was to make teachers in particular aware of ways in which they could bring aspects of medieval Ireland into the classroom and to invite them to offer suggestions for teaching resources in preparation. The precise impact of the blog is difficult to gauge though it was widely read.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ria.ie/news/publications-focloir-stairiuil-na-gaeilge-educational-resources/teaching-res...
 
Description Royal Irish Academy Meet the Authors Videos 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A series of three videos prepared for the Royal Irish Academy in their Meet the Authors series, focussing on different aspects of how Ireland's history is related through its words.
The series of three interrelated videos are available at the following links (only possible to provide one link at url below):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwMYlSLeFMI;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1YJPdotYuA;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_jXWb5wFjQ.
The aim was to introduce a general audience to the book, A History of Ireland in 100 Words', produced during a period of the AHRC main grant for which this award is follow-on funding. We wanted to draw attention to the underlying work in an accessible way.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwMYlSLeFMI
 
Description Series of short snippets concerning medieval Irish words to do with Spain produced for St Patrick's Day event in Madrid 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A series of accounts of six Irish words connected with Spain prepared for an online event celebrating St Patrick's Day and organised by the Irish Embassy in Spain. This event has not yet taken place and so the impact cannot yet be determined. It is likely to highlight medieval connections between Ireland and Spain and make a general public aware of this strand of history, illustrated by six words, including Spaniard, Isidore of Seville's Etymologiae and Iberian.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Series of three videos on What the Medieval Doctor Ordered, part of the Being Human Festival 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An online event, What the Medieval Doctor ordered, was held as part of the Being Human Festival 2020. This attracted a large international audience and generated much discussion and many questions. The aim of the event was to draw attention to the long history of medicine in medieval Ireland and Scandinavia in particular and how it is linked to medieval European medical knowledge and practices generally. A series of videos drawn from the live event have subsequently been published on YouTube:
https://twitter.com/cambridge_uni/status/1322471372770082816?lang=en-gb;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZytYu4z0Lss&list=PLbn36FwGNPvkKY2UZXGh7_kVeuBE1DwxD?dex=3;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq8OPjS8T7o&list=PLbn36FwGNPvkKY2UZXGh7_kVeuBE1DwxD?dex=4.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y1clj5awrQ&list=PLbn36FwGNPvkKY2UZXGh7_kVeuBE1DwxD
 
Description Spreading the Words, Radio Podcast, 30 episodes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A series of 30 episodes focussed on particular Irish words and their context broadcast on the Museum of Literature Ireland Radio channel (radio MoLI), https://moli.ie/radio/series/spreading-the-words/. The main purpose was to engage people with everyday Irish words from literature and life and to get them to consider their development and history. A relatively recently established, leading Museum of Literature, MoLI reaches a very wide audience nationally and internationally and through them the podcast will be available of Spotify. Many of the episodes sparked exchanges on Twitter and were widely discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://moli.ie/radio/series/spreading-the-words/
 
Description Spreading the Words, YouTube channel established 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact You Tube channel established which hosts videos pertaining to medieval Irish words and their history. 36 videos currently uploaded. The aim was to bring together the work of the project and to provide reliable, entertaining accessible, informative material on how the history of medieval Ireland is revealed through many of its words. The channel currently has 153 subscribers with some of the videos having been viewed many times (over 1,000 views in some cases).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDhdmeKaPCKAVyd5oUUTV8g
 
Description Word of the Week feature on the project's facebook account and www.dil.ie 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A regular word of the week has been published on the project's Facebook account and the associated research resource (www.dil.ie) since the beginning of June 2020 (previous words of the week were released in connection with the AHRC funded research project). The Facebook account has well over 2,000 followers; the Word of the Week feature presents interesting words, highlighting information such as earliest attestation, changes in meaning, foreign influence, and relation to everyday society. Statistics suggest that these are very widely read and discussed on Facebook and Twitter, exploring many aspects of the words and their sources. For example, the Facebook entry for the word Nathair, meaning snake, reached over 13,000 people, was shared 102 times and received 43 comments, revealing the level of engagement with the research on social media
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://www.facebook.com/pg/eDILDictionary/about/