Gaelic in Contemporary Scotland: The Revitalisation of an Endangered Language

Nicola Carty, Marsaili MacLeod (Editor), Cassie Smith-Christmas (Editor)

Research output: Book/ReportBook


The number of young people speaking Gaelic in Scotland is growing for the first time since Census records begun but less than half of all Gaelic speakers use Gaelic in the home. This book aims to explain why. The book comprises a rich collection of sociolinguistic studies of Gaelic language speakers, activists, language planners and organisations, to contribute to the international literature on the sociology of language. It draws on recent scholarship to explain processes and patterns of Gaelic language acquisition, use and management across key spaces of interaction: the family, the community, educational settings, and in organisations. In doing so, this collection aims to generate debate amongst others researching small language communities, from a variety of disciplines and international perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
ISBN (Print)9781474420655
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018


  • Scots Gaelic
  • language revitalisation
  • Bilingualism
  • Identity
  • Linguistic minorities
  • Scotland


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