Living off the edge: The crisis in late modern ethnolinguistic diversity from the Gaelic perspective (Prof Conchúr Ó Giollagáin)

This paper draws on findings from the major new research publication, The Gaelic Crisis in the Vernacular Community: A comprehensive sociolinguistic survey of Scottish Gaelic. The talk examines two inter-related issues concerning the vitality and societal continuity of Gaelic in Scotland:
- the contradiction in more favourable public attention for Gaelic evolving in tandem with a disregard of the crisis in the vernacular community;
- the possibility of public policy for Gaelic outliving the Gaelic group

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The analysis contends that the prioritisation of the institutional position and symbolic status of Gaelic are now more likely to exacerbate language loss than help regeneration.

Professor Conchúr Ó Giollagáin, Gaelic Research Professor and Director of the UHI Language Sciences Institute


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