Language Revitalisation in Gaelic Scotland: Linguistic Practice and Ideology

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Do adults who were educated through a minoritised language continue to speak it, years after concluding their studies? The school is viewed by policymakers as a crucial site for language revitalisation in such diverse contexts as Hawai’i, New Zealand and the Basque Country. In Scotland, Gaelic-medium education (GME) is seen as a key area of language development, regarded by policymakers as a strategic priority for revitalising Gaelic, and maintaining its use by future generations of speakers. Yet theorists have insisted that school-based policy interventions are inadequate for realising this objective in isolation, and that without sufficient support in the home and community, children are unlikely to develop strong identities or supportive ideologies in the language of the classroom. For the first time, this book will openly assess outcomes of Gaelic-medium education in Scotland using mixed methods, and offer suggestions for individuals and policymakers seeking to revitalise languages internationally.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages196
ISBN (Electronic)9781474443135, 9781474443128
ISBN (Print)9781474443111
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019


  • bilingual education
  • bilingualism
  • language ideology
  • language policy
  • language revitalisation
  • Scottish Gaelic


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