Talk on Tormod

Le Gordon Wells

1 Title - Guth Thormoid

Island Voices Co-ordinator Gordon Wells was delighted to be invited to speak to the University of Arizona Celtic Linguistics Group recently (14th October) about Island Voices, with specific reference to Norman Maclean’s notable contribution to the project. Gordon’s presentation is available online, and includes lots of Island Voices screenshots with live embedded links so that anyone interested can explore the site further.

Here’s the abstract for the talk:

“Gordon’s presentation samples and contextualises some of the multi-faceted mainly Gaelic contributions by the multi-talented creative icon, Norman Maclean, to the “Guthan nan Eilean/Island Voices” online language capture and curation project. These include Norman’s final “Saoghal Thormoid” (“Norman’s World”) series of videoed conversations, recorded in April 2016, in which Norman spoke reflectively of his memories and impressions of bilingual life in Glasgow and the Hebrides from the middle of the Twentieth Century onwards. In addition to offering a vivid first-person voiced and experiential account of Gaelic life over a tumultuous period for the language, the Island Voices adherence to basic linguistic principles also pays dividends in relation to some initially unpredicted spin-off applications. These are discussed in conclusion.”

And here’s the recording of the talk on YouTube, including follow-up comments and questions from the group. Many thanks to the Celtic Linguists of Arizona!

And in a new departure for Island Voices, if you can’t find the time to watch the video, there is a Twitter thread which you can follow to get a quick slide-by-slide commentary on the main points. These also link back to the online PDF, and so to all the embedded webpages referenced if you want to dig deeper into the material at any point.


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Gaelic Word of the Week – East Lothian – Lodainn an Ear

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This week we continue with the our series on Scottish Parliament constituency names with a trip to East Lothain – Lodainn an Ear.  Gaelic place-names are thinner on the ground in this area than they are in other parts of Scotland – Alba – but there are still more than enough for us to look … Leugh an corr de Gaelic Word of the Week – East Lothian – Lodainn an Ear

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Gaelic Word of the Week – North East Fife – Fìobh an Ear Thuath

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This week we’re going back to Fife – Fìobha, often known as the Kingdom of Fife – Rìoghachd Fhìobha. The word rìoghachd is often used in Gaelic to mean “country” as well as kingdom and you will often hear native Gaelic speakers say “an rìoghachd” as well as “an dùthaich” to mean “the country”. This … Leugh an corr de Gaelic Word of the Week – North East Fife – Fìobh an Ear Thuath

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Gaelic voices on a roll

Le Gordon Wells

Gaelic Cafe composite croppedLooped Island Voices playlists will again be on display in Sgoil Chàirinis, North Uist, at the Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath Digital Fèis for the “Aire air Sunnd” well-being project at the beginning of September.

As part of the event, there is a drop-in café where people can stop by for a chat, or simply sample some of the many local Gaelic voices that have been recorded over the years. Gordon Wells will be in attendance, ready to talk to anyone interested in how the collections were made, or who might like to add to the ever-growing archive of recordings.

And on the Saturday morning, Archie Campbell, who has been leading a series of Gaelic walks over the summer, will also be on hand for anyone who likes to chat over a cup of tea. Agus ‘s e a tha math gu bruidhinn! You can view the full programme for the fèis here.

It’s a digital event, so virtual attendance is also possible for those reluctant or unable to attend in person. You can find the event on Facebook. Likewise, the playlists are all accessible online. Use the live links in this bilingual poster, and you can start watching right away!


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Community Playlists

Le Gordon Wells

Community Projects ImageA sharpening of focus on the vernacular Hebridean communities has become evident in some Gaelic sociolinguistic research in recent years. In this period, Island Voices has partnered with various related projects, and helped to spread news and discussion of findings and issues.

At the same time, a parallel interest in wider international comparators for the Gaelic context has also been broadcast through Island Voices channels.

Projects with close community links will be on display at the Stornoway conference on Rooting Minority Language Policy in the Speaker Community at the end of August. Series of videos will be viewable in Island Voices playlists, including “Stòras Beò nan Gàidheal”, “Saoghal Thormoid”, “Island Voices Series 1&2” and “International MOOT”.

And the playlists can be viewed remotely as well, with live links embedded in this PDF poster. This also includes additional information about the links between Soillse and Island Voices, and other collaborative research work with other universities in Scotland and internationally.


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Gaelic Word of the Week – Census #cleachdi #gàidlhig

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Each week we publish the text of our Gaelic Word of the Week podcast here with added facts, figures and photos for Gaelic learners who want to learn a little about the language and about the Scottish Parliament – Pàrlamaid na h-Alba. This week our word is Census – Cunntas sluaigh. You may recently have received … Leugh an corr de Gaelic Word of the Week – Census #cleachdi #gàidlhig

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Community of Contested Discourse in the Gaelic Development Debate

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The editor of Bella Caledonia contacted me at the end of last week about a vigorous debate around “Gaelic” in relation to the Gàidhealtachd, and with the Gàidhealtachd referring to the grounding in which the Gaelic language – and a great deal more – might be said to live, and move, and have its being. […]

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The Celtics

Le Bella Caledonia Editor

If you’ve been spending any time in the Gaelic or Gaelic-adjacent parts of Twitter over the last few days, you’ve probably been made unpleasantly aware of a filmmaker in the United States who has been trying to raise money to make a Celtic-themed television series.  If you haven’t been spending time in the Gaelic or […]

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Beachdan gan sireadh air maoineachadh cultair às dèidh Covid-19

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Tha Comataidh Bun-stèidh, Eòrpach, Cùisean Taobh a-muigh agus Cultar Pàrlamaid na h-Alba a’ sireadh bheachdan mu mhaoineachadh cultar ann an Alba. Seo am fios naidheachd a tha iad air cur a-mach mu dheidhinn. Maoineachadh airson cultar ann an Alba ga chur fon phrosbaig aig Taigh an Ròid Tha BPA air Comataidh Bun-stèidh, Eòrpach, Cùisean Taobh … Leugh an corr de Beachdan gan sireadh air maoineachadh cultair às dèidh Covid-19

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Gaelic word of the week blog – Archaeology – Àrc-eòlas #gaelic

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The 17th of July to 1st August is the festival of British Archaeology so today we’re going to look at archaeology and it’s connection to the Scottish Parliament – Pàrlamaid na h-Alba. The Gaelic for archaeology is arc-eòlas. The word in eòlas arc-èolas means “knowledge” and can also be found in the name of many … Leugh an corr de Gaelic word of the week blog – Archaeology – Àrc-eòlas #gaelic

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