“New speakers” of Gaelic: perceptions of linguistic authenticity and appropriateness

  title={“New speakers” of Gaelic: perceptions of linguistic authenticity and appropriateness},
  author={Wilson McLeod and Bernadette O’Rourke},
  journal={Applied Linguistics Review},
  pages={151 - 172}
Abstract This article considers the experiences and views of “new speakers” of Gaelic, focusing on how they characterise their language production and its relationship to the language of traditional speakers. In contrast to some other European minority languages, a significant population of new Gaelic speakers in Scotland has emerged only recently, particularly with the development of Gaelic-medium education since 1985, provision that increasingly serves children who do not acquire Gaelic in… 

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