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Gaelic in Contemporary Scotland: The Revitalisation of an Endangered Language (Paperback)


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New perspectives on the use and acquisition of a minority language

The number of young people speaking Gaelic in Scotland is growing for the first time since Census records began but less than half of all Gaelic speakers use Gaelic in the home. This book sets out to explore why.

Focusing on how people, communities and organisations are 'doing' Gaelic, this book explores the processes and patterns of Gaelic language acquisition, use and management across four key spaces of interaction: the family, the community, educational settings, and in organisations. The contributors adopt an experiential approach to give voice to speakers in a diverse range of communities, both geographically and socially, as the volume illustrates the ways in which the use of Gaelic is changing in the context of increasingly fragmented, networked communities.

Gaelic in Contemporary Scotland provides a range of critical perspectives on existing models for minority language revitalisation and to introduce fresh ideas for language revitalisation theory. Through its analysis of the interconnections between, and differences within, Gaelic communities, this collection challenges old understandings of the Gaelic community as a single collective identity, making it an invaluable resource for students, lecturers and researchers interested in questions of linguistic diversity, linguistic minorities and language policy and planning.

  • The first in-depth investigation of Gaelic based on sociolinguistic analysis
  • Draws on the latest scholarship and expertise developed by the Soillse research network for Gaelic revitalisation
  • Offers fresh perspectives from notable early career scholars together with internationally recognised experts in small language revitalization

About the Author

Marsaili MacLeod is a Lecturer in Gaelic Studies in the School of Language and Literature at the University of Aberdeen. Cassie Smith-Christmas currently holds a fellowship with the Smithsonian Institution and is a co-principal investigator on the project 'The Intersection of Language and Community in Corca Dhuibhne' as part of the 'Sustaining Minoritized Languages in Europe (SMiLE)' initiative. She is Research Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway National University of Ireland, Galway
Product Details
ISBN: 9781474474672
ISBN-10: 1474474675
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: September 17th, 2020
Pages: 208
Language: English