Publication details [#65842]

McLeod, Wilson. 2019. The nature of minority languages: insights from Scotland. Multilingua 38 (2) : 141–154.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


This paper uses Scottish Gaelic as a helpful case study for conceptualising minority languages. In the past decades, revival gumptions (slackly related to rising awareness of Scottish cultural distinctiveness and moves towards autonomy) have fostered Gaelic as a language of national importance, an great resource for all Scots. Modern government policies favor this grasp even as speaker numbers pursue to decrease and many Scots regard Gaelic as distant or inapposite.