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Postgraduate Course: Dialectal and Register Variation in Gaelic (CELT11041)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaCeltic Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis seminar-based course considers key aspects of geographical and register variation in Gaelic, taking into account not only variation among dialects (and its historical origins) and established registers based on specific contexts (e.g. religion and traditional narrative) but more recent developments in the language owing to institutionalisation in the media and public life.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students can be expected to acquire a knowledge and understanding of key aspects of geographical and register variation in Gaelic, and register development.
Assessment Information
A single 4000-word essay at the end of the course.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Dialect variation in Gaelic and its historical origins: the ¿Common Gaelic¿ theory and its refutation; central and peripheral dialects; dialect attrition and levelling.

Register variation in Gaelic, including both long-established registers associated with specific contexts and functions (e.g. religious worship and traditional narrative) and new and evolving registers arising from new applications of the language (e.g. in broadcasting, education, public administration and professional work settings).
Transferable skills Students will be expected to develop their critical skills in analysing linguistic variation, including sociolinguistic as well as phonetic/phonological and lexical variation.
Reading list 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.
Borgstrøm, Carl (1935). The Dialect of Barra. A.W. Brøggers Boktrykkeri.
Borgstrøm, Carl (1941). The Dialects of Skye and Ross-shire. Oslo: Norwegian Universities Press.
Borgstrøm, Carl (1940). The Dialects of the Outer Hebrides. Oslo: Norwegian Universities Press.
Bruford, Alan (1969). Gaelic Folk-tales and Mediaeval Romances. Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.
Cram, David (1986). 'Patterns of English-Gaelic and Gaelic-English witching'. Scottish Language, 5: 126-30.
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.
Jackson, Kenneth (1968). 'The breaking of original long e in Scottish Gaelic', in Celtic Studies: Essays in memory of Angus Matheson, ed. by James Carney and David Greene. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
Dilworth, Anthony (1958). Mainland Dialects of Scottish Gaelic. Fort Augustus: Abbey Press.
Dorian, Nancy (1978). East Sutherland Gaelic. Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.
Dorian, Nancy (1981). Language Death: The Life Cycle of a Scottish Gaelic Dialect. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Dorian, Nancy (1994). 'Varieties of variation in a very small place.: Social homogeneity, prestige norms and linguistic variation'. Language, 70 (4): 631-96.
Dorian, Nancy (2010). Investigating Variation: The Effects of Social Organisation and Social Setting. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Gillies, William (1980). 'English influences on contemporary Scottish Gaelic'. Scottish Literary Journal, Supplement 12 (Language), 1-12.
Grannd, Seumas (2000). The Gaelic of Islay: A Comparative Study. Aberdeen: University of Aberdeen.
Holmer, Nils (1938). Studies on Argyllshire Gaelic. Oslo: Almqvist & Wiksells.
Holmer, Nils (1957). The Gaelic of Arran. Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.
Holmer, Nils (1962). The Gaelic of Kintyre. Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.
Lamb, William (1999). 'A Diachronic Account of Gaelic News-speak: The Development and Expansion of a Register'. Scottish Gaelic Studies, 19, 141-71.
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.
Mac Gill-Fhinnein, Gordon (1966). Gàidhlig Uidhist a Deas. Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.
McLeod, Wilson (2000). 'Official Gaelic: Problems in the Translation of Public Documents'. Scottish Language, 19, 100-16.
McLeod, Wilson (2001). Faclair na Pàrlamaid: A Critical Analysis. Edinburgh: Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh.
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.
Meek, Donald (1990). 'Language and style in the Scottish Gaelic Bible (1767-1807)', Scottish Language, 9: 1-16.
Ó Baoill, Colm (1978). Contributions to a Comparative Study of Ulster Irish and Scottish Gaelic. Belfast: Institute of Irish Studies.
Ó Dochartaigh, Cathair, ed. (1997). Survey of the Gaelic Dialects of Scotland, 5 vols. Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.
Ó Maolalaigh, Roibeard (2000). 'Transition zones, hyperdialectisms and historical change: the case of final unstressed -igh/ich and -idh in Scottish Gaelic'. Scottish Gaelic Studies, 19, 195-233.
Ó Maolalaigh, Roibeard (2003). '"Siubhadaibh a bhalachaibh! Tha an Suirbhidh a-nis ullamh agaibh": mar a Dh'èirich do -bh, -mh gun Chudrom ann an Gaidhlig Alba'. Scottish Gaelic Studies,21, 163-219.
Ó Maolalaigh, Roibeard (2010). 'The sound of silence: some structural observations on preaspiration in Scottish Gaelic', in Bile ós Chrannaibh: A Festschrift for William Gillies, ed. by Wilson McLeod et al., 365-404. Brig O' Turk: Clann Tuirc.
Ó Murchú, Máirtín (1978). East Perthshire Gaelic. Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.
Ó Siadhail, M. (1989) Modern Irish: Grammatical Structure and Dialectal Variation. Cambridge: CUP.
Oftedal, Magnus (1956). The Gaelic of Leurbost, Isle of Lewis. Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.
Smith-Christmas, Cassandra, and Dick Smakman (2009). ¿Gaelic on the Isle of Skye: Older Speakers' Identity in a Language-Shift Situation.¿ International Journal of the Sociology of Language: 27-43.
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.
Wentworth, Roy (2006). Gàidhlig Gheàrrloch. Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern The course will involve a series of dedicated discussion-based seminars.
Course organiserProf Wilson Mcleod
Tel: (0131 6)50 3623
Course secretaryMs Christine Lennie
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
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