Language Sciences Institute

The Language Sciences Institute (LSI) aims to connect innovation and expertise in research and learning and will use the collective power and multi-disciplinary strengths of the UHI academic network to reconfigure current approaches to the revitalisation of minority languages. With a particular focus on the traditional Gaelic speaking communities of Scotland, the LSI will build on the work of the Soillse project.

The distinctive features of the LSI are:

  • A research and learning institute embedded within a minority language community.
  • An open and collaborative approach (between researchers and community participants) to minority language research.
  • The co-design of new research methodologies and innovative knowledge exchange processes that will help shape both a national and international perspective on Gaelic language and culture.
  • A practice centred approach to language research addressing the challenges of social and economic sustainability within minority language communities.
  • Linking localised minority language situations to international perspectives on language revitalisation processes which involve the community in the design of interventions, policy and research.
  • Supporting imaginative and progressive language planning and policy initiatives.

Map of Scotland, showing location of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

Key information and contact details

You can find more information at the Institute website.

Project Director: Conchúr Ó Giollagáin

T: +44 [0]1471 888 000

Research Fellow: Iain Caimbeul

T: +44 [0]1471 888 000

Fàs, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Sleat, Isle of Skye, IV44 8RQ