57,400 (2011 census). Over 87,000 people with any Gaelic language skills (2011 census). Total users in all countries: 61,170.
Scotland, northwest Highland County, Western Isles, islands of Tiree, Raasay, Skye, Lismore, and Colonsay; Glasgow and Edinburgh cities.
2 (Provincial). Statutory provincial language in Scotland (2005, Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act).
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 the Scottish Parliament in 1990s.