THE PLIGHT OF THREE CELTIC LANGUAGES - WELSH, IRISH, AND GAELIC:
What Can Be Done to Rescue Them?

Author: Hamnett, Keith
Year:2011
Pages:268
ISBN:0-7734-3639-1
978-0-7734-3639-8
Price:199.95
This study examines the current situation of the Celtic languages in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It demonstrates how, over a significant period of time, they shifted under pressure from the domination of English from monolingualism to bilingualism.

Reviews

“…the book not only surveys the history and current status of these three languages, but also their future prospects…is well-documented and draws constructively on multiple forms of evidence.”-Dr. Philip Freeman, Luther College

Table of Contents

PREFACE

THE AUTHOR

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION - The Status of the Celtic Languages

CHAPTER ONE - AIMS, OBJECTIVES AND METHODOLOGY

Aims and Objective

Methodology

Summary

CHAPTER TWO - THE IRISH LANGUAGE

Introduction

Bord na Gaeilge

Conradh na Gaeilge - The Gaelic League

The Gaeltach

Glor Na nGael - The Voice of the Irish

Iontaobhas Ultach - The Ultach Trust

Politics and the Irish Language

Local Government and the Irish Language

The Northern Ireland Office

Educational Policy and the Irish Language

Broadcasting and the Irish Language

The Press and the Irish Language

Music and the Irish Language

Festivals in Ireland

Religion and the Irish Language

Summary

CHAPTER THREE: GAELIC IN SCOTLAND

Introduction

An Comunn Gaidhealach – The Highland Association

Comunn na Gaidhlig – The Gaelic Association

The Gaelic Books Council

Political Parties and Gaelic

The Scottish Office

Local Government and Gaelic

Business and Commerce and Gaelic

Education and Gaelic

Sabhal Mor Ostaig – The Big Barn

Broadcasting and Gaelic

The Press and Gaelic

Music and Gaelic

The Scottish Arts Council

Religion and Gaelic

Summary

CHAPTER FOUR - THE WELSH LANGUAGE

Introduction

John Saunders Lewis

Political Parties and the Welsh Language

The Welsh Language Act 1993

The Welsh Office

Public Bodies in Wales

Opportunities for Learning Welsh

Urdd Gobaith Cymru – The Welsh Language of Youth

Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg - The Welsh Language Society

The Welsh Books Council

CEFN- Supporters of the Welsh Language

Menter a Busnes - Enterprise and Business

Menter Cwm Gwendraeth - The Gwendraeth Valley Enterprise

Education Policy and the Welsh Language

The Press and the Welsh Language

Broadcasting and the Welsh Language

Music and the Welsh Language

Religion and the Welsh Language

The Welsh Arts Council

The Eisteddfod

Summary

CHAPTER FIVE – WHAT LESSONS CAN BE LEARNED?

Introduction

The Influence of Music

The Influence Of Tourism

The European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages

The Euromosaic Project

The Evidential Value of Correspondence

The Evidential Value of Census Returns

Conclusion

APPENDIX ONE: Interviews

APPENDIX TWO: Correspondence

APPENDIX THREE: Discography

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX