Book release: The Gaelic Crisis in the Vernacular Community

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This book is the result of the most comprehensive sociolinguistic survey of the state of Gaelic in the vernacular communities ever conducted, the Islands Gaelic Research Project (IGRP). The IGRP, undertaken at the University of the Highlands and Islands, provides in-depth analysis of the use and transmission of Scottish Gaelic as a communal language in the Western Isles, in Staffin in the Isle of Skye and in the Isle of Tiree in Argyll and Bute.

The primary aim of this book is to present contemporary data on the societal and spatial extent of Gaelic speakers and Gaelic speaking in the remaining vernacular communities in Scotland.

The survey modules examined: census demolinguistics; preschoolers’ language practice; teenager data; three indicative communities and speaker typologies. The various modules present qualitative and quantitative information on community, family, school and individual language acquisition and practice.

The book is released on 2 July 2020 and available on the Gaelic Books Council website.


Title: The Gaelic Crisis in the Vernacular Community

Subtitle: A comprehensive sociolinguistic survey of Scottish Gaelic

Authors: Conchúr Ó Giollagáin, Gòrdan Camshron, Pàdruig Moireach, Brian Ó Curnáin, Iain Caimbeul, Brian MacDonald and Tamás Péterváry

Publisher: Aberdeen University Press

ISBN: 978-1-85752-080-4

Language(s): English

Intended readership: research community, policy officials, community and language development professionals and general readership

Price (£25)

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