LINGUIST List 23.3101

Wed Jul 18 2012

Support: Gaelic, Scottish; Sociolinguistics: PhD Student, University of Glasgow, UK

Editor for this issue: Brent Miller <>

Date: 18-Jul-2012
From: Rob O Maolalaigh <>
Subject: Gaelic, Scottish; Sociolinguistics: PhD Student, University of Glasgow, UK
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Department: Celtic & Gaelic Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Sociolinguistics Scottish Gaelic Required Language(s): Gaelic, Scottish (gla)


Applications are encouraged in relation to one or both of the following two researchtopics:

(a) Urban Gaelic Communities and Gaelic Strategic Development

This research will endeavour to assess in detail how urban Scottish Gaeliccommunities can be conceptualised, described and understood, how they function,who participates in them and who does not, and how speakers locate Gaelic withintheir lives in a predominantly non-Gaelic environment. The project will involve a closestudy of at least one well-developed urban Gaelic community, ideally Glasgow. Inparticular, the research will place emphasis on assessing how and in what waysinitiatives to promote Gaelic may help strengthen these urban communities as part ofa broader revitalisation strategy for Gaelic.

(b) Gaelic in the Media: Social Discourses and Effects on Sociolinguistic Change

This research will primarily be a sociolinguistic study of the use of Scottish Gaelic inthe media and its effects on sociolinguistic change. It will investigate the varioussocial discourses which surround the use of Gaelic in the media, including conceptssuch as 'Middle of the Minch Gaelic' and dichotomies such as 'domestic Gaelic' vs.'BBC Gaelic', 'traditional Gaelic' vs. 'new Gaelic', 'good Gaelic' vs. 'bad Gaelic'. Aswell as describing key trends in usage and speaker's views on these, this study willalso consider the implications of these for Gaelic language acquisition (includingschool education) policy, usage in Gaelic communities as well as the media, usage in'official' contexts and other aspects of status and usage planning.

Applications Deadline: 16-Aug-2012

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Professor Rob O Maolalaigh        Celtic & Gaelic, School of Humanities        3 University Gardens        Glasgow G12 8QQ        United Kingdom

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:         Professor Rob O Maolalaigh

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