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Revitalising Gaelic in Scotland: Policy, Planning and Public Discourse (Scottish Gaelic Studies) [Paperback]

Wilson McLeod


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7 July 2006 1903765595 978-1903765593
The volume is an interdisciplinary collection of essays on the current situation of Gaelic in Scotland, including contributions that deal with sociolinguistics and language policy, questions of identity and community, and educational, media, cultural and development issues. Their authors academic backgrounds range from Celtic Studies and linguistics to law, education, economics and anthropology. The book focuses on the evolution of Gaelic policy in recent years (from the mid-1980s onwards, with an emphasis on the post-1997 period) and the diverse challenges for language planners, policy makers and students and speakers of Gaelic that lie ahead. Central to these is the ongoing but slowing decline of the language in sociolinguistic terms: the diminution of speaker numbers and the fragmentation of traditional communities on the one hand, and, on the other, the growth in young speaker numbers as a result of Gaelic-medium education, and increasing opportunities for using the language in work and in public life. Chapters focus on the issues that arise in strategic planning for Gaelic. An important part of this analysis involves the relationship of Gaelic to economic and social development more generally. Central to all these regeneration efforts are the perceptions, ideologies, identities and discourses that relate to Gaelic in Gaelic communities, in Scottish public life, and in media depictions and discussions. Where papers are written in Gaelic a detailed synopsis in English is included.

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A very useful addition to the small corpus of discussion on Gaelic language planning and revitalisation. --Scottish Gaelic Studies, 23 (2007)

Every essay in the book is full of high scholarship. Well worth reading. --Gath 8, Summer 2007

For me, part of the book's interest lies in the fact that it presents research from a wide variety of disciplines. The contributors include officers of the Scottish Parliament, teachers of Scots Gaelic, and academics specialising in econmics, business and anthropolgy as well as in liguistics, giving it appeal to a wide audience... the experiences and perspectives presented are necessarily diverse and this enhances the reader's understanding of the complexity of issues involved in the current debate. --Language Policy, 2008

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Wilson McLeod is Senior Lecturer in Celtic at the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures of the University of Edinburgh.

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