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Personal Statement

I joined the School of Education in September 2017 as a lecturer in Gaelic. I completed my PhD, "Gàidhlig ga bruidhinn an seo? - Linguistic practices and language management initiatives in Stornoway, the Western Isles of Scotland at the University of Aberdeen. This PhD was fully funded by Soillse and aimed to evaluate the linguistic practices of a community with a large percentage of Gaelic / English bilinguals, with a particular focus on the public domain and how the statutory language management initiatives of public organisations, created under the provisions of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005. This study adopted a multimodal approach, including ethnographic observations of linguistic practices in the public domain to provide an evaluation of the overall level of Gaelic language use in the community, as well as  language use diary-interviews with individual Gaelic / English bilinguals to assess the ideologies driving the practice and how these influence the de facto language policy.

I am the co-chair of the Scottish Council of Deans of Education Languages group which has representatives of all initial teacher education institutions in Scotland.

I was a member of the Council of Europe's European Centre of Modern Languages Expert Group on early language learning, working with an international team on a three-year project entitled 'Inspiring language learning and teaching in the early years - why it matters and what it looks like for children 3 - 12'. I am registered with the General Teaching Council of Scotland (GTCS) and have experience of teaching across all sectors from nursery to tertiary education.

External positions

Member of the expert group on Early Language learning, European Centre for Modern Languages

1 May 20171 May 2019

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Projects 2017 2019

Research Output 2014 2019

Open Access
language education

Gaelic language in public domains

Birnie, I., 1 Nov 2018, Gaelic in Contemporary Scotland: The Revitalisation of an Endangered Language . MacLeod, M. & Smith-Christmas, C. (eds.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

official language

Activities 2017 2019

  • 6 Participation in conference
  • 5 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation
  • 3 Invited talk
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Cuimhnichibh oirnn - remember us

Ingeborg Birnie (Organiser), David Murphy (Organiser)
26 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

A' cleachdadh cànan ann an coimhearsnachdan nan Eilean Siar

Ingeborg Birnie (Speaker)
8 May 2019 → …

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk