Scots and Gaelic: “languages of resistance”?

Gaelic Duolingo’s global popularity proves presence of opportunities

BY the magic of social media, two entirely different takes on the vitality of Gaelic language and culture arose this week. Firstly, the Twitter account of an Anglican Church in Dumfries objected to the Scottish Parliament’s current Gaelic Week. It described spending on the language as “an utter waste of money”, serving only 1.2% of the population.

Pat Kane writes; “Certainly, we need a Scotland that can talk confidently and clearly in the world language, English, about its priorities and its offerings – cosmopolitan, metropolitan, academic and managerial. We also need a Scotland that increasingly values the way it currently talks to itself, its accents and vocabulary. The rise in Scots-language activism and literature may, in some quarters, dream of forging a Catalan-style national language. But in the meantime, it’s enough that we’re loosening our police action on the presence of Scots words, phrases and syntax in mainstream life..”

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