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Postgraduate Course: Gaelic Language Policy: Contemporary Challenges (CELT11040)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis seminar-based course considers key policy challenges in relation to Gaelic in contemporary Scotland, analysing initiatives and problems in relation to Gaelic development in the public sector, Gaelic education and Gaelic media and arts, against a background of rapid sociological and sociolinguistic change within the Gaelic speech community.
Course description 1. Introduction: the course of Gaelic development since 1975

2. The Gaelic Language Act and national Gaelic policy

3. Gaelic language plans and Gaelic in the public sector

4. Gaelic in education: policy challenges

5. Gaelic in families and communities

6. Learners and ¿new speakers of Gaelic¿ and new Gaelic networks

7. Gaelic media

8. Gaelic in public and media discourse

9. Gaelic arts and Gaelic culture

10. Gaelic and the economy

11. Course review
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
Students can be expected to acquire a knowledge and understanding of key policy challenges in relation to Gaelic in contemporary Scotland, analysing initiatives and problems in relation to Gaelic development in the public sector, Gaelic education and Gaelic media and arts. Students can be expected to develop an awareness of the sociological and sociolinguistic change that is ongoing within the Gaelic speech community and which provides the contexts for these developments.
Reading List
Bòrd na Gàidhlig (2006). Stiùireadh air Deasachadh Phlanaichean Gàidhlig / Guidance on the Development of Gaelic Language Plans. Inverness: Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Bòrd na Gàidhlig (2011). Ginealach Ùr na Gàidhlig: Plana
Gnìomha gus àireamh luchd-labhairt na Gàidhlig a mheudachadh / An Action Plan to increase the numbers of Gaelic speakers. Inverness: Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Bòrd na Gàidhlig (2012). Plana Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig 2012-2017: Fàs & Feabhas / The National Gaelic Plan 2012-2017: Growth & Improvement. Inverness: Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Chalmers, Douglas (2009). 'The Promotion of Arts and Culture as a Tool of Economic Regeneration: An Opportunity or Threat to Minority Language Development? The Case of Gaelic in Scotland', in Rights, Promotion and Integration Issues for Minority Languages in Europe, ed. by Susanna Pertot et al., 141-64. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Cormack, Mike (2008). 'Gaelic, the Media and Scotland', in The Media in Scotland, ed. by Neil Blain and David Hutchison, 213-26. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Cormack, Mike (2010). 'Gaelic in the New Digital Landscape', in Munro & Mac an Tàilleir 2010, 127-37.

Cox, Richard A. V. and Armstrong, Timothy Currie, eds (2011). A¿ Cleachdadh na Gàidhlig: slatan-tomhais ann an dìon cànain sa choimhearsnachd. Sleat: Clò Ostaig.

Dunbar, Robert, 'Language Planning', in The Edinburgh Companion to the Gaelic Language, ed. by Michelle Macleod & Moray Watson (Edinburgh, 2010), 146-71

Duwe, Kurt (2003-04). Gàidhlig (Scottish Gaelic) Local Studies. 27 vols. Wedel, Germany: Hydromod (available on the Internet at

HMIe (2011). Gaelic Education: Building on the successes,
addressing the barriers. Edinburgh: HMIe.

Mac an Tàilleir, Iain, Rothach, Gillian and Armstrong, Timothy Currie (2010). Barail agus Comas Cànain: Aithisg rannsachaidh airson Bòrd na Gàidhlig. Slèite: Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

MacCaluim, Alasdair (2007). Reversing Language Shift: The Social Identity and Role of Scottish Gaelic Learners. Belfast: Cló Ollscoil na Banríona.

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.

MacKinnon, Kenneth (2009). 'Scottish Gaelic today: social history and contemporary status', in The Celtic Languages, ed. by Martin J. Ball and Nicole Müller, 587-649. London: Routledge.

McLeod, Wilson, ed. (2006). Revitalising Gaelic in Scotland: Policy, Planning and Public Discourse. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press.

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.

Milligan, Lindsay, Hugh O'Donnell and Douglas Chalmers (2009). 'Measuring Up' Gaelic Language Plans in Public Non-Profit and Commercial Enterprise'. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 19, 188-203.

Munro, Gillian, and Mac an Tàilleir, Iain, eds (2010). Coimhearsnachdan Gàidhlig An-diugh/Gaelic Communities Today. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press.

O¿Hanlon, Fiona, Wilson McLeod and Lindsay Paterson (2010). Gaelic-Medium Education in Scotland: choice and attainment at the primary and early secondary school stages. Inverness: Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Robertson, Boyd (2008). 'Gaelic Education¿, in Scottish Education ' Third Edition: Beyond Devolution, ed. by T. G. K Bryce and W. M. Humes, 235-46. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will be expected to develop their critical skills in critical analysis and policy evaluation, including the scrutiny of public documents.
Course organiserProf Robert Dunbar
Tel: (0131 6)50 3621
Course secretaryMiss Charlotte McLean
Tel: (0131 6)50 4114
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