Undergraduate Course: Linguistics and the Gaelic Language (CELT08019)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Taught in Gaelic?||Yes
|Summary||This 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.
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
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 33,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1 essay (25%); 2 other written language assignments (12.5% each); degree exam 50%.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
| 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
|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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Wilson McLeod
Tel: (0131 6)50 3623
|Course secretary||Ms Anne Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167