Undergraduate Course: Gaelic Identities and Sociolinguistics (CELT10051)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Taught in Gaelic?||Yes
|Summary||This course considers the shifting nature of Gaelic identities in Scotland from the Middle Ages to the present and assesses the ideological and discursive presentation of these identities. The course also addresses the current sociolinguistic dynamics of the language, particularly in relation to the effect of English-Gaelic bilingualism and the impact of recent revitalisation initiatives.
1. Gaelic identities in medieval Scotland
2. Gaelic identities in early modern Scotland
3. Gaelic identities in the 18th-19th centuries
4. Contemporary Gaelic identities
5. Gaelic education and questions of identity
6. Learners and 'new speakers' of Gaelic
7. Gaelic identity: literary manifestations
8. Language maintenance and language shift
9. The changing Gaelic language: the impact of institutionalisation
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One class presentation and write-up (25%)
One 3000 word essay (35%)
Take home end of course assignment (3 questions x 500 words), 7 days to complete (30%)
Participation (based on 5 journal contributions) 10%
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Develop a clear understanding of the evolution of Gaelic identities in Scotland, from medieval times to the present
- Develop a clear understanding of the current issues concerning shifting identities of Gaelic speakers and their perceptions of the language
- Develop an awareness of the principal sociolinguistic issues arising in relation to Gaelic in modern Scotland
- evelop the analytical skills to assess critically a diverse body of historical, sociological and sociolinguistic evidence relating to perceptions of Gaelic in Scotland.
|Burnett, Ray (1998) 'The long nineteenth century: Scotland's Catholic Gaidhealtachd' in Out of the Ghetto? The Catholic Community in Modern Scotland, ed. by R. Boyle and P. Lynch, 163-92. Edinburgh: John Donald.|
Dembling, Jonathan (2010). 'Instrumental music and Gaelic revitalization in Scotland and Nova Scotia'. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 206, 245-54.
Dorian, Nancy C. (1980). Language Death: A Case Study of a Gaelic-Speaking Community. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Glaser, Konstanze (2006). Minority Languages and Cultural Diversity in Europe : Gaelic and Sorbian Perspectives. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.
Herbert, Máire (1999). 'Sea-divided Gaels - Constructing relationships between Irish and Scots c. 800-1169', in Britain and Ireland 900-1300: Insular Responses to Medieval European Change, ed. by Brendan Smith, 87-97. Cambridge: CUP.
Hunter, James (rev. edn 2000). The Making of the Crofting Community. Edinburgh : John Donald.
Lamb, William (2008). Scottish Gaelic Speech and Writing: Register Variation in an Endangered Language. Belfast: Cló Ollscoil na Banríona.
MacAulay, Donald (1994). 'Canons, myths and cannon fodder'. Scotland's, 1 (1994), 35-54.
MacCaluim, Alasdair (2007). Reversing Language Shift: The Social Identity and Role of Scottish Gaelic Learners. Belfast: Cló Ollscoil na Banríona.
MacCoinnich, Aonghas (2002). 'His spirit was given only to warre: Conflict and Identity in the Scottish Gàidhealtachd, c. 1580- c. 1630', in Fighting for Identity: Scottish Military Experience, c. 1550-1900, ed. by Steve Murdoch and Andrew Mackillop, 133-62. Leiden: Brill.
MacDonald, Sharon (1997). Reimagining Culture: Histories, Identities, and the Gaelic Renaissance. Oxford: Berg.
MacDonald, Sharon (1999). 'The Gaelic Renaissance and Scotland's Identities'. Scottish Affairs, 29, 100-18.
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.
McEwan-Fujita, Emily (2010). 'Ideologies and experiences of literacy in interactions between adult Gaelic learners and first-language Gaelic speakers in Scotland'. Scottish Gaelic Studies, 26, 87-114.
McEwan-Fujita, Emily (2010). 'Sociolinguistic Ethnography of Gaelic Communities', in The Edinburgh Companion to the Gaelic Language, ed. by Moray Watson and Michelle Macleod, 172-217. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
MacInnes, John (2006). 'Gaelic Poetry and Historical Tradition', 'The Gaelic Perception of the Lowlands' and 'The Panegyric Code in Gaelic Poetry and its Historical Background', in Dùthchas nan Gàidheal: Selected Essays of John MacInnes, ed. by Michael Newton, 3-33, 34-47 and 265-319. Edinburgh: Birlinn.
MacKinnon, Kenneth (2006). 'The Western Isles Language Plan: Gaelic to English language shift 1972-2001', in Revitalising Gaelic in Scotland, ed. by Wilson McLeod, 49-71. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press.
MacKinnon, Kenneth (2008). 'Scottish Gaelic today: Social history and contemporary status', in The Celtic Languages, ed. by Martin Ball & Nicole Müller, 587-649. London: Routledge.
McLeod, Wilson (2003). 'Language politics and ethnolinguistic consciousness in Scottish Gaelic poetry', Scottish Gaelic Studies, 21 (2003), 91-146
McLeod, Wilson (2004). Divided Gaels: Gaelic Cultural Identities in Scotland and Ireland c. 1200-c. 1650. Oxford: OUP.
McLeod, Wilson (2009). 'Gaelic in Scotland: 'existential' and 'internal' sociolinguistic issues in a changing policy environment'. Sochtheangeolaíocht na Gaeilge: Léachtaí Cholm Chille XXXIX, 16-61.
Meek, Donald E. (1996). The Scottish Highlands: The Churches and Gaelic Culture. Geneva: WCC Publications.
Meek, Donald E. (2004). 'Religion, riot and romance: Scottish Gaelic perceptions of Ireland in the 19th century', in Unity in Diversity: Studies in Irish and Scottish Gaelic Language, Literature and History, ed. by Cathal Ó Háinle and Donald E. Meek, 173-93. Dublin: School of Irish, Trinity College.
Meek, Donald E. (2007). 'Faking the 'True Gael'? Carmina Gadelica and the Beginning of Modern Gaelic Scholarship'. Aiste, 1, 76-106.
Newton, Michael (2009). Warriors of the Word: The World of the Scottish Highlanders. Edinburgh: Birlinn.
Oliver, James (2005). 'Scottish Gaelic Identities: Contexts and Contingencies'. Scottish Affairs, 51, 1-24.
Oliver, James (2010). 'The Predicament? Planning for Culture, Communities and Identities', in Coimhearsnachd na Gàidhlig an-diugh/Gaelic Communities Today, ed. by Gillian Munro and Iain Mac an Tàilleir, 73-86. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press.
Wells, Gordon (2011). Perceptions of Gaelic Learning and Use in a Bilingual Island Community: An Exploratory Study. Ormacleit: Cothrom Ltd.
West, Catriona, and Graham, Alastair (2011). Attitudes Towards the Gaelic Language. Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Robert Dunbar
Tel: (0131 6)50 3621
|Course secretary||Mrs Vivien MacNish Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3528