Introduction

MacLeod, M., Smith-Christmas, C. and Carty, N. (2018) Introduction. In: MacLeod, M., Smith-Christmas, C. and Carty, N. (eds.) Gaelic in Contemporary Scotland: The Sociolinguistics of an Endangered Language. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

In this introductory chapter, we set the scene for the themes pursued within this volume, outlining why a critique of Gaelic language use is warranted. We briefly summarise the main theoretical, empirical and policy perspectives currently existing from within sociolinguistics, language planning and linguistic anthropology and the ways in which our text challenges these and develops them further. We explain our rationale and objectives of the text, and present an overview of the nature of Gaelic language change and analysis of key socio-demographic trends, which provides the connecting framework for the four key sites of interaction. Finally, we outline the main chapters and their focal areas.

Item Type:Book Sections (Introduction)
Status:Accepted for Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Carty, Dr Nicola
Authors: MacLeod, M., Smith-Christmas, C., and Carty, N.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages > PB1501 Scottish Gaelic Language
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Celtic and Gaelic
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press

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