On Sacred Cows

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There’s a gap between the reality of the mass of people appreciating the centrality of gaelic language and culture to Scotland – and small handful of mainstream media outlets cultivating hatred and grievance. First the good news. After the spectacular success of Gaelic Duolingo – covered here and here –  and after the critical reflection […]

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On Gaelic, Language and Identity

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Scotland is evolving as a country, as a cultural entity, as a place that knows itself. * The contradictory and dividing myths we’ve told ourselves (and been told) are falling apart. One of the enduring mythologies is that of the “divided self” – from the “double and divided” Scottish self in literature including Hogg’s The […]

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Education and the colonisation of the Gàidhlig mind … 2

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Part two of Iain MacKinnon’s exploration of colonisation and education in the Scottish and global context – see part one here. In the nineteenth century fairly direct forms of oppressive violence and terror appear to have been used in efforts to frighten young Gaels into abandoning their language. That physical force and forms of psychological […]

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Education and the colonisation of the Gàidhlig mind

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In 1755 the Scottish Enlightenment historian and future rector of Edinburgh University, Reverend William Robertson, delivered a sermon on the role of ‘the divine wisdom, in the government of the world’. Robertson was convinced that Christianity’s role in history was to redeem the vices and perfect the virtues of all human societies, and his sermon […]

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Scottish Gaelic’s Journey to Duolingo 

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Ciaran Iòsaph MacAonghais – a Primary Teacher from Fort William and co-creator of the Scottish Gaelic Duolingo course – takes us through Scottish Gaelic’s journey to Duolingo. [follow Ciaran at @thaseomath ] Scottish Gaelic is the latest language to feature on Duolingo – the world’s largest language learning platform. Over 50,000 people have signed up to […]

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Sgolpaig… agus an t-àm ri teachd

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In this month’s column Fiona MacIsaac looks at issues around prioritising large scale industrial projects in fragile rural areas – in this case the proposed Spaceport in Sgolpaig in North Uist. While on the surface this seems like it could be a positive development for the area, the project is not without glaring problems – […]

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Coitcheann – Common Ground

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Lorg Ghlaschu – In Search of the Dear Green Place, is a SNH commission for Mòd Ghlaschu 2019 celebrating Glasgow’s people, places and stories through her Gaelic and other placenames. Here’s a poem by Mary Ann Kennedy, inspired by Cathkin Braes – the highest point within the city boundaries, giving an unrivalled view of the […]

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