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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.
|Title of host publication||Gaelic in Contemporary Scotland|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Revitalisation of an Endangered Language|
|Editors||Marsaili MacLeod, Cassie Smith-Christmas|
|Place of Publication||Edinburgh|
|Publisher||Edinburgh University Press|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Nov 2018|
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Gàidhlig ga bruidhinn an seo - Linguistic practices, code-choice and language management initiatives in Stornoway
Ingeborg Birnie (Speaker)21 Mar 2018
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