Language of the Day for 15 April 2019


Scottish Gaelic [gla]

A language of
United Kingdom
Population Full
57,400 in United Kingdom (2011 census). Over 87,000 people with any Gaelic language skills (2011 census). Total users in all countries: 60,130.
2 (Provincial). Statutory provincial language in Scotland (2005, Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act).
Language Use
Resurgence of interest in Scottish Gaelic in 1990s. A number of children learn the language but there are serious problems in language maintenance even in the core areas (Salminen 2007). Reportedly only 1 L1 speaker Perthshire Gaelic (2019 N. Rees). Home, church, community.
Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 50% (1971 census). Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is a Gaelic college where students and faculty use only Scottish Gaelic. In bilingual areas Gaelic usually is the language of instruction for most primary subjects. Taught in primary schools. Gaelic secondary schools. Literature. Newspapers. Periodicals. Radio. TV. Dictionary. Grammar. Texts. Bible: 1801–2016.