Where is Scottish Gaelic, or Gàidhlig, spoken? What were those Gàidhlig-speaking areas like, and what is their health today? Professor Boyd Robertson, Principal of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, joins Eoin to share the culture of Scotland. Discussion podcast in English.
What you’ll hear:
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- About Sabhal Mòr Ostaig – university education in Scotland that operates through the Scottish Gaelic language. Their range includes distance learning courses that you should check out if you’re interested in learning to speak Scotland’s native language.
- How Gàidhlig has changed culturally since the 1970s in Scotland. Much of its evolution is reflected in how the Irish language has evolved. Traditional bastions of the language are weakening, yet younger modern organisations are involved in its “renaissance”.
- The Highlands and Isles – the beautiful areas of Scotland where their language has been spoken.
Mentioned in the show
- Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
- Isle of Skye
- Gaeldom – the term used to describe Gàidhlig-speaking areas in Scotland.
- Scottish independence referendum, 2014
- North Uist, in the Outer Hebrides, where Boyd Roberston grew up. His first language was Gàidhlig.
- Irish vs Gaelic video by Bitesize Irish Gaelic
Here’s a 10-minute video featuring Boyd Roberston, and covering Sabhal Mòr Ostaig:
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