LINGUIST List 30.4501

Tue Nov 26 2019

Books: Language Revitalisation in Gaelic Scotland: Dunmore

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Date: 07-Nov-2019
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Subject: Language Revitalisation in Gaelic Scotland: Dunmore
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Title: Language Revitalisation in Gaelic Scotland
Subtitle: Linguistic Practice and Ideology
Published: 2019
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

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Author: Stuart Dunmore
Electronic: ISBN: 9781474443128 Pages: 196 Price: U.K. £ 75
Electronic: ISBN: 9781474443135 Pages: 196 Price: U.K. £ 75
Hardback: ISBN: 9781474443111 Pages: 196 Price: U.K. £ 75

Explores the long-term outcomes of bilingual education and their implications for language revitalisation

* Surveys the history of Gaelic-medium education in Scotland and the use of Gaelic beyond the classroom

* Samples 130 participants to examine language practices and attitudes to bilingualism

* Uses an ‘ethnography of speaking’ approach to explore 46 interviewees’ beliefs and ideologies about Scottish Gaelic

* Provides the first in-depth assessment of language use and attitudinal perceptions among adults who received an immersion education in a minority language

Gaelic-medium education (GME) has been offered in Scottish primary schools since 1985. Situated within the interrelated disciplines of sociolinguistics and sociology of language, this book explores the language use and attitudinal perceptions of a sample of 130 adults who received GME at primary school. As the first students to have received a bilingual education are now in their late 20s and 30s, this volume offers a timely examination of the long-term outcomes of the system in its earliest years, and of the future prospects for Gaelic language maintenance and revitalisation in Scotland.

The book presents in-depth discussion and analysis of narratives in order to demonstrate former Gaelic-medium students’ present-day relationships to the languages they speak, offering fascinating insights into the possible reasons – historical, ideological and personal – for these relationships. This book presents the first open assessment of the outcomes of Gaelic-medium education in Scotland, and offers suggestions for individuals and policymakers seeking to revitalise languages internationally.
Available in North America from our distribution partners, Oxford University Press.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Gaelic, Scottish (gla)

Written In: English (eng)

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