25,100 in United Kingdom (2011 census). England and Wales 58, Scotland 25,000. Total users in all countries: 28,870.
Scotland, northwest Highland County; Isle of Skye and the islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides; Glasgow.
4 (Educational). Statutory provincial language in Scotland (2005, Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act).
Biblical Gaelic is based on the 1801 Perthshire dialect, somewhat distant from today’s spoken dialects.
VSO; prepositions; noun head initial; gender (masculine/feminine); definite article; case-marking (3 cases); verb affixes mark person, number; comparatives; 33 consonants, 18 vowels, 10 diphthongs; non-tonal; stress on first syllable.
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). Home, church, community.
Latin script [Latn].
Status rising since the establishment of Scots Parliament in 1990s.