Category Archives: Ghetto na Gàidhlig

On Gaelic, Language and Identity

Scotland is evolving as a country, as a cultural entity, as a place that knows itself. The contradictory and dividing myths we’ve told ourselves (and been told) are falling apart. One of the enduring mythologies is that of the “divided self” – from the “double and divided” Scottish self in literature including Hogg’s The Private […] Continue reading

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Education and the colonisation of the Gàidhlig mind … 2

Part two of Iain MacKinnon’s exploration of colonisation and education in the Scottish and global context – see part one here. In the nineteenth century fairly direct forms of oppressive violence and terror appear to have been used in efforts to frighten young Gaels into abandoning their language. That physical force and forms of psychological […] Continue reading

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Education and the colonisation of the Gàidhlig mind

In 1755 the Scottish Enlightenment historian and future rector of Edinburgh University, Reverend William Robertson, delivered a sermon on the role of ‘the divine wisdom, in the government of the world’. Robertson was convinced that Christianity’s role in history was to redeem the vices and perfect the virtues of all human societies, and his sermon […] Continue reading

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Scottish Gaelic’s Journey to Duolingo 

Ciaran Iòsaph MacAonghais – a Primary Teacher from Fort William and co-creator of the Scottish Gaelic Duolingo course – takes us through Scottish Gaelic’s journey to Duolingo. [follow Ciaran at @thaseomath ] Scottish Gaelic is the latest language to feature on Duolingo – the world’s largest language learning platform. Over 50,000 people have signed up to […] Continue reading

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Sgolpaig… agus an t-àm ri teachd

In this month’s column Fiona MacIsaac looks at issues around prioritising large scale industrial projects in fragile rural areas – in this case the proposed Spaceport in Sgolpaig in North Uist. While on the surface this seems like it could be a positive development for the area, the project is not without glaring problems – […] Continue reading

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Coitcheann – Common Ground

Lorg Ghlaschu – In Search of the Dear Green Place, is a SNH commission for Mòd Ghlaschu 2019 celebrating Glasgow’s people, places and stories through her Gaelic and other placenames. Here’s a poem by Mary Ann Kennedy, inspired by Cathkin Braes – the highest point within the city boundaries, giving an unrivalled view of the […] Continue reading

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Poileasaidh, Poilitigs is Iomairteachd: Feum air Atharrachadh?

Seo agaibh tar-sgrìobhadh den òraid a thug sinn seachad aig a’ cho-labhairt #AnAthCheum2019 a chaidh a chumail an t-seachdain sa chaidh le UofG Oilthigh Ghlaschu – taing mhòr dhaibh-san airson a’ chòmhraidh chudromaich seo a chur air dòigh agus airson fiathachadh a thoirt dhuinn pàirt a ghabhail ann! Tha, agus bidh, Beurla nas tarraingiche don […] Continue reading

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Còig Bliadhna

Tha saoghal poilitigs air gluasad cho luath seachad air na seachdainean a tha air a dhol seachad bhon sgrìobh mi mu dheireadh – cho luath ‘s gu bheil e a faireachdainn mar gu bheil gu leòr naidheachdan airson bliadhna a lìonadh. Bha beachd no dhà agam mu de sgrìobhainn – ‘s docha rudeigin a bharrachd […] Continue reading

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Tha luchd na Gàidhlig a’ call earbsa ann am Bòrd na Gàidhlig

Tha luchd na Gàidhlig a’ call earbsa ann am Bòrd na Gàidhlig – feumaidh Riaghaltas na h-Alba coimhead gu geur air an dòigh anns a bheil a’ bhuidheann air a ruith, a-rèir Misneachd. Tha a’ bhuidheann-strì Misneachd a’ toirt seachad rabhadh an-diugh gu bheil luchd na Gàidhlig a’ call earbsa ann am Bòrd na Gàidhlig, […] Continue reading

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Ceist Mhòr an Fhearainn

Bho chionn bheagan mhìosan a-nis, tha mi air a bhith ag obair air rannsachadh airson sreath do dh’obraichean ealain ùra. Tha riamh ùidh air a bhith agam anns a’ cheangal a th’ againn ris an àrainneachd agus ris an t-saoghal – gu h-àraid a’ coimhead air cho dlùth ’s a tha a’ bheatha ris an […] Continue reading

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