Touching on many a thing: potential for building the Gaelic lexis through the terminology of material culture.

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This paper explores causes of the shrinking of vocabulary through the loss of fluent speakers and disappearance of context in daily life, and recommends means and rationale for the recording of richness and diversity in colloquial Gaelic to contribute to the revitalising of the language by drawing on 'material culture', hitherto generally poorly recorded in the standard dictionaries.
Original languageScottish Gaelic/Gàidhlig na h-Alba
Title of host publicationRannsachadh na Gàidhlig 8
Subtitle of host publicationCànan agus Cultar
EditorsWilson McLeod, Anja Gunderloch, Rob Dunbar
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherDunedin Academic Press, Edinburgh
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781780465531
ISBN (Print)9781780460581
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016



  • Lexis, recording, material culture

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Cheape, H. (2016). A' suathadh ri iomadh rud: comas is cothrom faclaireachd a leudachadh tro bhriathrachas a' chultair dhùthchasaich. In W. McLeod, A. Gunderloch, & R. Dunbar (Eds.), Rannsachadh na Gàidhlig 8: Cànan agus Cultar (pp. 251-270). [16] Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press, Edinburgh.