ERIC Number: ED329123
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The United Kingdom's Celtic Languages. Discussion Papers in Geolinguistics No. 16.
Williams, Colin H.
A discussion of the current status and future of Celtic languages in the United Kingdom looks at the social and linguistic history of the languages, problems facing the community of Celtic language users, specific tensions and relationships, implications for reform of social policy, and the role of formal language planning, legislation, and key agencies in the maintenance of the languages. First, general observations about Celtic language usage, distribution, and change are made. Key long-term demographic and social trends influencing Welsh, Gaelic, and Irish are examined, including the availability of education in the languages. The role of the advancement of educational technology in the loss of minority languages is also discussed. Efforts to date by the Welsh Language Educational Development Committee to support and enhance Welsh-medium education are viewed as a promising step toward a rudimentary national education plan for the Welsh-medium sector. An increasing role for identity formation and cultural reproduction is seen in the media and its technology. The current state of language-rights legislation is reviewed, and the position of each language in terms of the five stages of language survival is sketched. A 32-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Descriptors: Agency Role, Diachronic Linguistics, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Irish, Language Maintenance, Language Planning, Language Role, Public Agencies, Scots Gaelic, Social Distribution, Social Influences, Social Status, Sociolinguistics, Uncommonly Taught Languages, Welsh
Joan Goulden, Dept. of Geography and Recreation Studies, Staffordshire Polytechnic, Stoke-on-Trent, 5T4 2Df, England ($5.00 including postage).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Staffordshire Polytechnic, Stoke-on-Trent (England). Dept. of Geography and Recreation Studies.
Identifiers: Celtic Languages; United Kingdom
Note: Paper presented at the International Colloquium on Linguistic Rights and Human Rights (Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France, November 15-17, 1990).