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Language: Scottish Gaelic

  • Apr 19, 2012
  • 07:41 PM

Gaelic for toddlers plan welcomed

John O'Groat Journal
“I have no problem with this at all. I have never been against Gaelic – although I did oppose the bilingual Gaelic road signs,” Mr Flear told the Caithness Courier. “The perception in some quarters is that if you are against bilingual road signs then you are anti-Gaelic but that is not the case. I am pleased people want their children to be immersed in the Gaelic language.”
  • Apr 10, 2012
  • 10:43 PM

Bursary supports Gaelic-language education in Scotland

Halifax News Net
Nova Scotians interested in improving their understanding and use of the Gaelic language will be able to further their study with a new bursary program funded by the government of Scotland and administered by Gaelic Affairs.
  • Apr 08, 2012
  • 02:59 AM

Councillors agree to Gaelic language plan

Will Clark / John O'Groat Journal
COUNCILLORS have agreed to the second-generation Gaelic language plan which will be implemented in the Highlands over the next four years. The new plan, which will run until 2016, will set out the Highland Council’s aims and ambitions to promote the language.
  • Mar 28, 2012
  • 02:56 PM

Gaelic chat get-together

Cumnock Chronicle
Gaelic speakers from beginners to experts met up for a day of friendly conversation at a recent community learning event. Fifty-one learners attended the day organised by East Ayrshire Council's Community Learning and Development (CLD) team in Shortlees Community Centre.
  • Mar 27, 2012
  • 09:43 AM

Census study shows Caithness's Gaelic past

Donald Morrison / BBC News
New research claims that the Gaelic language was indigenous to many areas of Caithness - surviving into the 20th Century. Opponents of Highland Council's policy on bi-lingual road signs have often claimed that Caithness heritage is more Norse than Gaelic and that the county was never Gaelic-speaking.
  • Mar 15, 2012
  • 04:43 PM

Demand for Gaelic in Glasgow

The Scottish Government
Interest in Gaelic Medium Education (GME) in Glasgow is now so high that mothballed classrooms are to be opened up for use to meet demand. The conversion, which has been funded by £200,000 funding from the Scottish Government will take place at the Woodside Campus of Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu (Glasgow Gaelic School).
  • Mar 13, 2012
  • 02:25 AM

The Scottish Prisoner's Ottawa connection

Adam Feibel / The Ottawa Citizen
The novel is set in Scotland and its author lives in Arizona, but Diana Gabaldon’s latest bestseller owes its Gaelic accent to Ottawa. Two Ottawa-based Gaelic linguists ensured the proper translation and phonetics of the portions of the The Scottish Prisoner that are in Scottish and Irish Gaelic.
  • Mar 12, 2012
  • 02:29 AM

Second generation Gaelic plan sets out council's ambitions

John O'Groat Journal
There are five themes of the plan, all of which contribute to increasing the number of Gaelic speakers. They are: Gaelic in the home and community; Gaelic in education; Gaelic in the arts, media and heritage; Gaelic in the workplace and Gaelic in economic development.
  • Mar 08, 2012
  • 10:06 AM

Oi Polloi - Scott's Gaelic anarchist punk

Galway Advertiser
By performing in Scots Gaelic, the band make an important point - if punk is about giving voice to ordinary people, criticising the establishment, and supporting minorities, then why should the music only be sung in the language of international business, finance, and politics? Why should regional, minority, and endangered languages not be included?
  • Mar 08, 2012
  • 01:40 AM

Gaelic dialects 'dying out', Edinburgh academic warns

BBC News
All local dialects of Gaelic will die out except two, according to research by a University of Edinburgh academic. Dr Will Lamb suggests only the Gaelic of Lewis and South Uist will be strong enough to survive in the future. He said one of the reasons was that these dialects were dominant in Gaelic medium education.
  • Mar 07, 2012
  • 01:54 PM

Let's replace road signs with Pictish stones

John O'Groat Journal
The problem with place names is that they exist both in space and time. W.F.H. Nicolaisen in his scholarly book, Scottish Place Names, takes a lot more words to say essentially that. As some of the letters to the editor have pointed out, place names are already misspelled or Anglicized Gaelic or Norse names. Neither people nor languages are static.
  • Mar 06, 2012
  • 03:25 PM

Make Gaelic official UK language, says MP

Calum Ross / Aberdeen Press and Journal
THE UK Government is under fresh pressure to give the Gaelic language the same national status as English and Welsh. Labour MP Tom Harris has launched a campaign to end the “mistreatment” of Gaelic by Westminster.
  • Mar 01, 2012
  • 11:25 AM

The Gaelic singer

Bruce Deachman / Ottowa Citizen
"I always wanted to learn Gaelic," she says, "but my grandfather wouldn't teach us because there was a prevalent attitude at that time that Gaelic was a useless language, that it was going to die out. "When I moved to Glengarry and got involved with it down there, that was really great for me."
  • Jan 11, 2012
  • 01:57 PM

Last chance to comment on the Highland Council's Gaelic Language Plan

John O'Groat Journal
MEMBERS of the public have until Wednesday evening to give their views on the Highland Council’s second draft Gaelic Language Plan. The document looks at how the local authority promotes and ensures the future growth of Gaelic education, language and culture.
  • Dec 17, 2011
  • 12:08 AM

'Ambitious' Gaelic plan welcomed by Education Committee

The Plan’s “headline target” is to attain stability in the number of people speaking Gaelic by raising the rate at which new Gaelic speakers become fluent to “replacement level”, namely the level at which the loss of mostly older Gaelic speakers is balanced by the growth of new speakers.
  • Dec 07, 2011
  • 11:18 AM

Design students immerse themselves in Gaelic

Cape Breton Post
IONA — Students from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design have been working on ways to help sustain and enhance Gaelic language and culture in Nova Scotia. During the final class of the term Thursday students will present their concepts to members of the Gaelic community and cap off their four-month immersion in all things Gaelic with a ceilidh.
  • Dec 07, 2011
  • 10:50 AM

Learning support in Gaelic lacking, MSPs told

BBC News
A mother of a boy who requires learning support has said that such help was severely lacking in Gaelic education. Carole Henderson's son was diagnosed as having verbal dyspraxia when he was at nursery. He is now in Gaelic medium education at primary school.
  • Nov 28, 2011
  • 12:25 PM

Province makes resources available for Gaelic language studies

Cape Breton Post
St. ANNS — The provincial government introduced new Gaelic language visual aids and a tutor’s guide at the Gaelic College in St. Anns, Sunday. The resource will be used to support Gàidhlig aig Baile, or the Gaelic in the Community program, which is a series of community-based classes that have been taking place across the province since 2005.
  • Nov 22, 2011
  • 02:20 PM

Castle to become Gaelic museum

Jody Harrison / Herald Scotland
A VICTORIAN castle that was abandoned 15 years ago and is listed among the country’s most at risk buildings is to be transformed into Scotland’s first Gaelic-language museum.
  • Nov 18, 2011
  • 12:31 PM

Gaelic school is key to save the language

Stef Lach / Glasgow Evening Times
A GAELIC school and nursery is at the heart of plans by North Lanarkshire Council to try to reverse the decline of Scotland’s native language.
  • Nov 17, 2011
  • 03:31 PM

Celtic Leage Conference 2011: Key Note Speech

Peter Berresford Ellis / Agence Bretagne Presse
In his speech Mr Berresford Ellis explores some of the developments within the Celtic countries over the fifty year period from when the League was first established in 1961.
  • Oct 18, 2011
  • 05:33 AM

Seonaidh Caimbeul: Mod and Gaelic are not quite in tune

HOORAY! It’s Mòd week again. That special time of year between the tattie holidays and Hallowe’en when media attention turns briefly to celebration of Gaelic language, music and culture.
  • Aug 19, 2011
  • 02:46 PM

Poll support for Gaelic language

Herald Scotland
Two-thirds of Scots believe more should be done to promote the Gaelic language, a new survey has shown. The research also revealed 81% said it is important that Scotland does not lose its Gaelic language traditions.
  • Aug 09, 2011
  • 03:02 PM

Staff to learn Gaelic online

Stornoway Gazette
Staff working for public bodies will be able to learn Gaelic online using a new toolkit launched today (Thursday). The project was launched in Inverness this morning in a new programme which forms part of a Scottish Government commitment to support the language.
  • Aug 03, 2011
  • 11:33 PM

Minister for Gaelic visits Sabhal Mor Ostaig

Stornoway Gazette
Professor Boyd Robertson, Principal of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI, welcomed Alasdair Allan MSP to the National Centre for Gaelic Language & Culture on the Isle of Skye recently, in his first visit as Minister for Gaelic.
  • Jul 15, 2011
  • 01:23 AM

Changes needed before second Gaelic school

Inverness Courier
TODAY we report on calls for a second Gaelic primary to be established in Inverness — perhaps on the west side of the city. Such is the demand for places at Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis, the first Inverness Gaelic Primary, near Slackbuie, that a parents’ group believes it is sensible to flag up the idea.
  • Jul 13, 2011
  • 09:44 AM

Can the Internet Save Endangered Languages? (VIDEO)

Kristina C /
32-year-old South Dakotan Biagio Arobba has created LiveandTell, “a user-generated content site for documenting and learning rare languages.” The site is more, says GOOD magazine, like a social network site than Wikipedia, as users can upload photos and multiple audio files (containing the pronunciation of a word in Lakota, for instance) and text.
  • Jul 12, 2011
  • 11:57 PM

World's first Gaelic speaking teddy ready to hit shops

Stornoway Gazette
Stornoway-based children’s publisher Acair Limited have received a grant from Bòrd na Gàidhlig to develop the first Gaelic-speaking toy. Suitable for children aged six months upwards, the 12 inches tall teddy is the first step for Acair into the toy market.
  • Jun 21, 2011
  • 11:05 PM

Teaching Gaelic 'needs written guidance', HMIE say

BBC News
The teaching of Gaelic at Scottish schools needs written national guidance, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) has suggested.
  • Jun 15, 2011
  • 12:02 AM

Teachers go back to classroom to learn to give lessons in Gaelic

Fiona MacLeod, Laura Carlin / Scotsman
SOARING demand for children to be taught in Gaelic has led to a pilot scheme to train non-native speakers. Glasgow alone has seen the number of pupils taught by teachers speaking Gaelic rather than English almost double in less than four years.