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Gaelic in modern Scotland
Gaelic in modern Scotland

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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand how Gaelic sits alongside Scots and English as one of Scotland’s national languages

  • understand the origins and Celtic roots of Gaelic and its close linguistic relations, including Irish and Manx, and the Gaelic Diaspora

  • understand who is speaking Gaelic now, the decline in Gaelic speakers in the twentieth century and the work currently being done by government, educational institutions and independent agencies to support and grow Gaelic language acquisition the value of bi-lingualism/multi-lingualism to individuals and society, and the efforts made by countries like New Zealand to protect and celebrate the contribution of indigenous minority languages

  • understand how Gaelic is spoken

  • understand how Gaelic language and culture continue to make a significant contribution to Scotland’s literature, visual arts, music, dance and sporting life.