Gaelic in Scotland: Policies, Movements, Ideologies

Wilson McLeod


The first comprehensive study of Gaelic in modern Scotland, from 1872 to the present.

ISBN: 9781474462396 Category:

ISBN: 9781474462396

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Publication date: 02 July 2021

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Edinburgh University Press, 2020. Hardback. 456 pages.

- The first comprehensive study of the changing role of Gaelic in modern Scotland.
- Examines changing government policies towards Gaelic and the movements and activists that have campaigned for the language.
- Assesses shifting ideologies, assumptions, arguments and discourses relating to Gaelic.
- Draws on diverse source material with an interdisciplinary approach.

In this extensive study of the changing role of Gaelic in modern Scotland – from the introduction of state education in 1872 up to the present day – Wilson McLeod looks at the policies of government and the work of activists and campaigners who have sought to maintain and promote Gaelic. In addition, he scrutinises the competing ideologies that have driven the decline, marginalisation and subsequent revitalisation of the language.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, at the boundary of history, law, language policy and sociolinguistics, the book draws upon a wide range of sources in both English and Gaelic to consider in detail the development of the language policy regime for Gaelic that was developed between 1975 and 1989. It examines the campaign for the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005, its contents and implementation; and assesses the development and delivery of development and delivery of Gaelic education and media from the late 1980s to the present.


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