Stuart Dunmore

Gaelic Language and Culture Teaching Assistant


I received my undergraduate MA (Hons) degree in Celtic and Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh in 2008, before graduating from the University of Oxford with a master’s (MSt) in Celtic in 2010. My PhD, which was funded by the inter-university research network Soillse, examined long-term outcomes of Gaelic-medium education in Scotland. My current research interests are in the sociolinguistics of minority language use, language ideology, and the sociology of the Celtic languages. After completing my doctorate in 2014 I was employed at the University of Glasgow as part of a team researching language proficiency among new speakers, then as Soillse Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. In 2016 I was awarded a three-year postdoctoral fellowship  by the British Academy to investigate new speaker practices and ideologies in Scotland and Nova Scotia, Canada. After completing this fellowship in 2019 I was appointed to my current teaching role.


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MA PhD (Edin)

MSt (Oxon)

Undergraduate teaching

Introduction to Gaelic Language and Culure

Linguistics and the Gaelic Language (Pragmatics, Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism)

Celtic Civilisation 1A & 1B

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Project activity

Examining language use, identities and ideologies among new Gaelic speakers in Scotland and Nova Scotia through bibliographic, semi-structured interviews, participant observation and statistical analysis.

Current project grants

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship 2016-19 'Linguistic practice and ideology among new speakers of Gaelic in Scotland and Nova Scotia, Canada'