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Language Revitalisation in Gaelic ScotlandLinguistic Practice and Ideology$
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Stuart Dunmore

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474443111

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474443111.001.0001

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Bilingual Life After School? Linguistic Practice and Ideologies in Action

Bilingual Life After School? Linguistic Practice and Ideologies in Action

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Language Revitalisation in Gaelic Scotland

Stuart Dunmore

Edinburgh University Press

This final chapter draws together the principal research findings presented in the book, providing a synthesis of key conclusions in respect of the overarching research questions initially outlined in chapter 1. The discussion presented will relate these findings to previously formulated theories of language revitalisation, and the possible role of education in language revitalisation (as addressed in chapters 2–3). The chapter firstly offers a summary of participants’ present-day Gaelic use, before drawing together findings from the qualitative and quantitative analyses of informants’ ideologies and attitudes. Such speaker perceptions are discussed in relation to Gaelic language use, sociocultural identities, and attitudes to GME as an education system generally. Finally, this chapter draws together the principal conclusions of the book’s principal empirical chapters, with a view to assessing how participants’ beliefs, attitudes and ideologies concerning Gaelic impact on language practices, and on likely future prospects for the maintenance of Gaelic in Scotland. A number of recommendations for activists and policymakers attempting to revitalise minority languages internationally are then presented.

Keywords:   Bilingual education, Revitalisation, Language use, Language ideologies, Language policy

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