Preserving Linguistic Heritage; a Study of Scots Gaelic

Preserving Linguistic Heritage; a Study of Scots Gaelic Preserving Linguistic Heritage; A Study of Scots Gaelic * RHONA K.M. SMITH ** Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland Abstract. Scots Gaelic, one of Europe’s oldest indigenous languages, requires urgent action to arrest then reverse the decline in the numbers of its native speakers. Language is an integral part of the cultural identity of a group and the continuation of a tradition- al language is a prerequisite of the continuation of the cultural heritage of its speakers. However, linguistic rights are not afforded a high priority by the international communi- ty. This article will examine the position of Scots Gaelic in the context of the salient pro- visions of European Law. A brief historical account of Scots Gaelic will be provided prior to a more detailed analysis of the prevailing legal standards. The approach of the Scottish and UK Parliaments to the various legal instruments and to the language will then be assessed. It is evident that Scots Gaelic has little legal protection under national laws and it will be argued that the issue of the legal status of the Gaelic language must be addressed sooner rather than later in order to preserve the language and its associat- ed http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal on Minority and Group Rights Brill

Preserving Linguistic Heritage; a Study of Scots Gaelic

International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, Volume 7 (3): 173 – Jan 1, 2000

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Brill
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© 2000 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1385-4879
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1571-8115
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10.1163/15718110020907981
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Preserving Linguistic Heritage; A Study of Scots Gaelic * RHONA K.M. SMITH ** Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland Abstract. Scots Gaelic, one of Europe’s oldest indigenous languages, requires urgent action to arrest then reverse the decline in the numbers of its native speakers. Language is an integral part of the cultural identity of a group and the continuation of a tradition- al language is a prerequisite of the continuation of the cultural heritage of its speakers. However, linguistic rights are not afforded a high priority by the international communi- ty. This article will examine the position of Scots Gaelic in the context of the salient pro- visions of European Law. A brief historical account of Scots Gaelic will be provided prior to a more detailed analysis of the prevailing legal standards. The approach of the Scottish and UK Parliaments to the various legal instruments and to the language will then be assessed. It is evident that Scots Gaelic has little legal protection under national laws and it will be argued that the issue of the legal status of the Gaelic language must be addressed sooner rather than later in order to preserve the language and its associat- ed

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International Journal on Minority and Group RightsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2000

Keywords: linguistic rights; Scotland; preservation; cultural heritage

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