Raymond HickeyRaymond Hickey (born 3 June 1954, Dublin) is an Irish linguist specialising in the English language in Ireland, especially in the capital Dublin, working within the sociolinguistic paradigm of language variation and change. Hickey has also worked on the Irish language, specifically the phonology of the modern language. For both Irish and English in Ireland he has carried out extensive fieldwork for over three decades.
Hickey's research also covers the wider field of varieties of English – in particular their historical development and spread overseas during the colonial period – language contact, areal linguistics and language typology, as well as the history of English, both the development of its phonology and the language in the eighteenth century which led to the standardisation of English.
Outside his own professional context Hickey frequently discusses linguistic issues and has been an invited guest on Irish radio and in Irish newspapers, such as the ''Irish Times'' in particular to comment on language attitudes and/or change and their relevance to society in general. Provided by Wikipedia