Say A Gaelic Phrase Day

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Hands Up for Trad have initiated a day to celebrate Gaelic. It’s aimed at people trying out their tentative learning. They say: “Friday 5th February 2021 is the first ever Say A Gaelic Phrase Day. This is an new initiative, to encourage people to have a go at speaking Gaelic! Hands Up for Trad are […]

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Gaelic Promotion as Social Justice, Part 5: What You Can Do for Gaelic and the Gaels

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In the last four articles in this series, I explained that Scottish Gaelic is the endangered language of the highly minoritized Scottish Gaelic community, especially the ethnic group known as the Scottish Gaels; that the Gaels, over the course of the last millennium, have endured terrible and continuous injustice at the hands of the state […]

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Gaelic Promotion as Social Justice, Part 2: The Gaels as Victims of Cultural genocide

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In the last article in this series (‘Gaelic Promotion as Social Justice, Part One: Gaelic as the Language of a Minoritised Community’), I argued that the Scottish Gaels constitute a minority ethnic group that has been continuously subjected since the Middle Ages to an ongoing process of cultural genocide. In this article, I will recount […]

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Gaelic Promotion as Social Justice, Part One: Gaelic as the Language of a Minoritised Community

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In the first of a series of articles Adam Dahmer explores the importance of promoting the Gaelic language, in response to some of the anti-Gaelic bigotry and misinformation that still exists. When I first came to Scotland and began to study Gaelic, my teachers warned me about ‘mì-rùn mòr nan Gall’ – the indifference or […]

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The Basse Yutz Flagons and BBC Myth-Making

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In Neil McGregor’s much-admired radio series  A History of the World in 100 Objects he today focused on the early world of the Celts through two bronze drinking flagons, the Basse Yutz Flagons – considered to be the most important and earliest examples of Celtic art. As his programme reaches a crescendo of analysis he […]

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The Seven Marvels of Scotland – Seachd Mìorbhuilean na h-Alba

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You’ve heard of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, but have you heard about the Seven Wonders of Scotland? These come from the Gaelic tradition and were known as “seachd mìorbhuilean na h-Alba—the Seven Marvels of Scotland. #1 Tobraichean Ghlinn Iuch The Wells of Linlithgow (Ghlinn Iuch) have long made the town famous. An […]

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An Suidheachadh. The Situation.

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In this piece, Fiona NicÌosaig (MacIsaac) reflects on the difficulties faced by Gaelic speaking communities. Strong communities are vital to the longevity of the language, but how do we ensure that communities are supported? What is the situation actually like on the ground, amongst younger generations? How beneficial is it that Gaelic is the language […]

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The Vernacular Gaelic Community in Crisis; A Liminal Perspective

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I’m on the Isle of Lewis as we come out of lockdown and I have spoken only Gaelic today. I had a yarn with the dog but didn’t get much back and wrote a message in Gaelic to my daughter in Shetland. I spoke with a family friend for a while and then at length […]

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A Child Eye’s View of Language Revitalisation: Hope and opportunity for the future of Gaelic in Scotland

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As part of our ongoing series about Gaelic in Scotland we ask: What could we learn from research in Ireland about how to support language regeneration? The announcement last week that Gaelic is predicted to perish as a community language within the decade hardly came as a surprise to me—as others have pointed out, those […]

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Bithidh coma – stop being so polite

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Uill, a’ Ghàidhlig chòir. Tòrr smuaintean a dol aig a h-uile duine, seo beagan meòrachadh bhuam fhìn [A few thoughts on the present situation about Gaelic. This is a very important juncture for Gaelic. English below]. Tha naidheachd mun rannsachadh ùr seo air eagal a chuir air grùnnd dhaoine. Tha tòrr ag radh air na […]

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