How is the play Translations by Brian Friel about language?

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The central debate in this wonderful play concerns the relationship of the Irish to their ancient language of Gaelic and then the language that has been imposed upon them through history by the English. At the outset of the play, this is highlighted through the assertion of Maire Chatach that Gaelic is an "old language" and also a "barrier to progress." The arrival of Captain Lancey, who has been tasked with mapping the area and giving Anglicised names to the landscape brings...

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