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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Celtic

Undergraduate Course: Linguistics and the Gaelic Language (CELT08019)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaCeltic Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will introduce students to the linguistic analysis of the Scottish Gaelic language, giving an overview of phonetics and phonology, morphology and syntax, together with consideration of key sociolinguistic principles and issues, including phenomena relating to language contact, language shift and status and corpus planning.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students will be expected to demonstrate a level of competency in the Gaelic language equivalent to that of Edinburgh students who have completed three semesters of Gaelic instruction at university/college level. Visiting students must also have completed an introductory course in Linguistics. Admission to this course will be based on your level of competency and will be entirely at the discretion of the Course Organiser.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to show an understanding and awareness of, and be able to discuss critically:
- Scottish Gaelic phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax

- Lexical structure and word formation in Gaelic

- Semantics and pragmatics in Gaelic

- The principal dialect divisions in Gaelic

- Social variation and register variation in Gaelic

- Contact-induced language change in Gaelic

- Language change in Gaelic connected to status and corpus planning

- The dynamics of Gaelic-English language shift
Assessment Information
1 essay (25%); 2 other written language assignments (12.5% each); degree exam 50%.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1. Overview of Gaelic phonetics and phonology, and their connection to Gaelic orthography

2. Overview of noun and verb morphology in Gaelic

3. Introduction to Gaelic syntax

4. Lexical structure and word formation in Gaelic

5. Semantics and pragmatics in Gaelic

6. Principal dialect divisions in Gaelic

7. Social variation and register variation in Gaelic

8. Contact-induced language change in Gaelic: diglossia, code-switching, borrowing and calquing, phonological and syntactic interference

9. Language change connected to status and corpus planning: new coinages, new registers, the role of L2 speakers

10. The dynamics of Gaelic-English language shift
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Adger, David (2010). 'Gaelic Morphology', in The Edinburgh Companion to the Gaelic Language, ed. by Moray Watson and Michelle Macleod, 283-303. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Adger, David (2010). 'Gaelic Syntax', in The Edinburgh Companion to the Gaelic Language, ed. by Moray Watson and Michelle Macleod, 304-51. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Bateman, Meg (2010). 'Gàidhlig Ùr', in Coimhearsnachd na Gàidhlig an-diugh/Gaelic Communities Today, ed. by Gillian Munro and Iain Mac an Tàilleir, 87-98. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press.

Bosch, Anna (2010). 'Phonology in Modern Gaelic', in The Edinburgh Companion to the Gaelic Language, ed. by Moray Watson and Michelle Macleod, 262-81. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Gillies, William (1992). 'Scottish Gaelic dialect studies', in Celtic Languages, Celtic Peoples, ed. by C. J. Byrne, M. Harry and P. Ó Siadhail, 315-29. Halifax, NS: St Mary's University.

Gillies, William (2008). 'Scottish Gaelic', in The Celtic Languages, ed. by Martin J. Ball and Nicole Müller, 230-304. London: Routledge.

Dorian, Nancy (1981). Language Death: The Life Cycle of a Scottish Gaelic Dialect. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Dorian, Nancy (2010). Investigating Variation: The Effects of Social Organisation and Social Setting. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Lamb, William (2008). Scottish Gaelic Speech and Writing: Register Variation in an Endangered Language. Belfast: Cló Ollscoil na Banríona.

MacAulay, Donald (1977). 'The Writing of Scottish Gaelic: Uses of Convention and Innovation'. Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness, 50, 81-96.

MacAulay, Donald (1982). 'Register range and choice in Scottish Gaelic'. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 35, 25-48.

MacAulay, Donald (1986). 'New Gaelic'. Scottish Language, 5, 120-25.

McEwan-Fujita, Emily (2008). 'Working at '9 to 5' Gaelic: Speakers, Contexts, and Ideologies of an Emerging Minority Language Register', in Sustaining Linguistic Diversity: Endangered and Minority Languages and Language Varieties, ed. by Kendall A. King et al., 81-93. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.

McLeod, Wilson (2000). 'Official Gaelic: Problems in the Translation of Public Documents'. Scottish Language, 19, 100-16.

McLeod, Wilson (2004). 'The challenge of corpus planning in Gaelic development'. Scottish Language, 23 (2004), 68-92.

McLeod, Wilson (2009). 'Gaelic in Scotland: existential and internal sociolinguistic issues in a changing policy environment', in Sochtheangeolaíocht na Gaeilge: Léachtaí Cholm Chille XXXIX (2009), 16-61.

Ó Dochartaigh, Cathair, ed. (1997). Survey of the Gaelic Dialects of Scotland, 5 vols. Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.
Ternes, Elmar (3rd edn 1976). The Phonemic Analysis of Scottish Gaelic. Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.

Watson, Seosamh (2010). 'Hebridean and Mainland Dialects', in The Edinburgh Companion to the Gaelic Language, ed. by Moray Watson and Michelle Macleod, 108-27. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Wilson Mcleod
Tel: (0131 6)50 3623
Course secretaryMs Christina Bould
Tel: (0131 6)50 3622
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