Celtic & Scottish Studies

Book launch: 'Gaelic in Scotland: Policies, Movements, Ideologies'

Professor Wilson McLeod’s new book 'Gaelic in Scotland: Policies, Movements, Ideologies', is the first comprehensive study of Gaelic in modern Scotland. This event is hosted by our colleague Professor Rob Dunbar (Chair of Celtic Languages, Literature, History and Antiquities). 

This event is free and will be hosted online via Zoom. 

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About the book

In this extensive study of the changing role of Gaelic in modern Scotland – from the introduction of state education in 1872 up to the present day – Wilson McLeod looks at the policies of government and the work of activists and campaigners who have sought to maintain and promote Gaelic. In addition, he scrutinises the competing ideologies that have driven the decline, marginalisation and subsequent revitalisation of the language.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, at the boundary of history, law, language policy and sociolinguistics, the book draws upon a wide range of sources in both English and Gaelic to consider in detail the development of the language policy regime for Gaelic that was developed between 1975 and 1989. It examines the campaign for the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005, its contents and implementation; and assesses the development and delivery of development and delivery of Gaelic education and media from the late 1980s to the present.

Find out more about 'Gaelic in Scotland: Policies, Movements, Ideologies'.

About the author

Professor Wilson McLeod's - Lecturer of Gaelic in Celtic and Scottish Studies in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures - research focuses on language policy, legislation, rights, and planning in Scotland and elsewhere; and on the cultural politics of Irish and Scottish Gaelic literature from the late medieval period to the present day. He recently recieved one of the Saltire Society’s six Fletcher of Saltoun Awards for 2020. 

Interview with Professor Wilson McLeod and the Fletcher of Saltoun Awards

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Book launch - 'Gaelic in Scotland: Policies, Movements, Ideologies'
Nov 12 2020 -

Book launch: 'Gaelic in Scotland: Policies, Movements, Ideologies'

'Gaelic in Scotland: Policies, Movements, Ideologies' by Wilson McLeod. A book launch hosted by Professor Rob Dunbar.