Everything you ever wanted to know about Scottish Gaelic but were afraid to ask

Monday 21st of June

10 - 11.30am 

Dr Abigail Burnyeat

Abigail is a Head of Research at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI. Her primary area of interest is in medieval Irish literary and textual culture, with a particular focus in the following areas: educational practice, bilingualism, orality, manuscript culture, medieval literary and textual theory. Her research focuses on the origins and development of the medieval Gaelic literary critical tradition.

About this Session

This session explores the place of Gaelic and Gaelic-speakers in contemporary Scotland, and the wider historical background, with a particular focus on the relevance of Gaelic to research in different disciplines and on different periods from the medieval to the modern. We will look at how Gaelic came to be spoken in Scotland, its expansion and retreat across Scotland, and how it went from a language of power to a minoritised language. We will discuss how doctoral research in diverse areas of the Arts and Humanities can be enriched by considering the role of Gaelic in Scotland today and in the past, and by engaging with Gaelic resources, materials and perspectives. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session, participants will have gained:

  • Understanding of the historical and current development and situation of the Gaelic language.
  • Understanding of how different kinds of research can be enhanced by engaging with Gaelic, and some of the approaches to doing this.
  • A knowledge of some of the key digital resources available to researchers looking to use Gaelic in their work.

Who might be interested?

This session will be of particular interest to doctoral researchers in all disciplines of the arts and humanities who are curious to find out more about the Scottish Gaelic language and its cultural context, and those working in the areas of Scottish literary, linguistic, historical or cultural studies who need to develop their awareness of the relevance of Gaelic to their fields. 

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First published: 20 May 2021