Gaelic language in public domains

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This chapter explores the relationship between official Gaelic language management initiatives, as articulated through language planning documents and the de facto linguistic practices of Gaelic speakers in Stornoway, the largest settlement in the Western Isles of Scotland, and the last remaining heartland of the language. Drawing on quantitative data collect through ethnographic observations in different public places and language use diaries of Gaelic / English bilinguals it can be concluded that the use of Gaelic in public domains is driven by different factors, including the linguistic soundscape created by members of staff.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGaelic in Contemporary Scotland
Subtitle of host publicationThe Revitalisation of an Endangered Language
EditorsMarsaili MacLeod, Cassie Smith-Christmas
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781474420655
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018


  • Gaelic
  • sociolinguistics
  • minority language


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