Support, transmission, education and target varieties in the Celtic languages: an overview

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Title: Support, transmission, education and target varieties in the Celtic languages: an overview
Other Titles: A Celtic view on minority language dynamics: support, transmission, education and target language varieties
Authors: Ó Murchadha, Noel P.Migge, Bettina
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Date: 2017
Abstract: When we talk of the modern Celtic languages today we refer to the Insular Celtic varieties that have maintained (or indeed regained) a degree of their linguistic vitality and that are practised, to varying extents and in various forms, by users of the Breton, Cornish, Irish, Manx, Scottish Gaelic and Welsh languages. Further to their common linguistic derivation, the Celtic languages share a number of additional characteristics that lend themselves well to a common analytical framework (features that they indeed share with many other ‘small’ languages). Each of the languages has, for a long time, been functioning in a bilingual, if not multilingual, environment. Consequently, in global terms, each of the languages is reliant on a relatively small pool of speakers for their survival. Perhaps unsurprisingly for those familiar with the dynamics of minority languages, then, language maintenance, revitalisation and revival projects have been among of the hallmarks of the Celtic-language experience for some time. This speaks to a familiar appetite among at least some users, as well as non-users, to go against the grain of language loss and to try to ensure that the Celtic languages are used into the future despite an extremely challenging climate.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Journal: Language, Culture and Curriculum
Volume: 30
Issue: 1
Start page: 1
End page: 12
Copyright (published version): 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Keywords: Celtic languagesLanguage developmentLanguage learningLanguage maintenance
DOI: 10.1080/07908318.2016.1230621
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Research Collection

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