The Language Sciences Institute (LSI) aims to connect innovation and expertise in research and learning and will use the collective power and multi-disciplinary strengths of the UHI academic network to reconfigure current approaches to the revitalisation of minority languages. With a particular focus on the traditional Gaelic speaking communities of Scotland, the LSI will build on the work of the Soillse project.
The distinctive features of the LSI are:
- A research and learning institute embedded within a minority language community.
- An open and collaborative approach (between researchers and community participants) to minority language research.
- The co-design of new research methodologies and innovative knowledge exchange processes that will help shape both a national and international perspective on Gaelic language and culture.
- A practice centred approach to language research addressing the challenges of social and economic sustainability within minority language communities.
- Linking localised minority language situations to international perspectives on language revitalisation processes which involve the community in the design of interventions, policy and research.
- Supporting imaginative and progressive language planning and policy initiatives.