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ERIC Number: ED461295
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Gaelic in Scotland at the Dawn of the New Millennium.
Robertson, Boyd
Gaelic is a minority language in Scotland. Gaelic speakers tend to be older and concentrated in the Western Highlands and Islands and some urban centers. Gaelic is used mainly in craft work and with friends and community members at prayer meetings, stores, post offices, and social events. Gaelic has no official status and limited legal protection. Its only official status is in the field of local administration. Broadcasting is one of the main contributors to the decline of the language, bringing English language into Gaelic-speaking homes. The government's Gaelic television fund has enabled increased broadcasting of Gaelic programs, though there is very little Gaelic in the print media. Gaelic activity in the arts is very strong and contributes significantly to the Scottish economy. Provision is made for Gaelic in all sectors of education, as a subject of study and a medium of instruction. The use of Gaelic as a medium was officially sanctioned in 1975, when a bilingual education project was launched. Gaelic-medium study is most comprehensive at Sabhal Mor Ostaig college. Official recognition of Gaelic by the state is crucial to halting the long-term decline of the language. (Contains 17 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)