Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Gaelic and Scots Language

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Gaelic and Scots Language

There are sites in which you can use (or even learn) the Gaelic language and links to examples of the Scots language can also be found here. The wider aspects of the Celts are on a separate page.
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Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is a unique learning environment where all higher education provision and the running of the College is conducted in Scottish Gaelic - the only such college in the world. The aim is to create a "University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) with a campus in various locations across the area. Their Gaelic on the Web page has a wide selection of links to Gaelic-related sites.
Faclair na Gàidhlig - Dictionary of the Scottish Gaelic Language
The Dictionary of the Scottish Gaelic Language is an inter-university initiative by the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Strathclyde and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI. The aim is to produce an historical dictionary of Scottish Gaelic comparable to the multi-volume resources already available for Scots and English. The dictionary will document the history of the Gaelic language and culture from the earliest manuscript material onwards, placing Gaelic in context with Irish and Scots.
Elsewhere, Gaelic Dictionaries provides access and search functions to MacBain's Etymological Dictionary Gaelic of the Gaelic Language (which not only provides a means of translation but also the sources, where known, of the Gaelic words), MacFarlane's School Gaelic Dictionary (Scottish Gaelic) and Gramadach Lexicon (Irish Gaelic).
Beag air Bheag means 'little by little', and that is just how the many sections of this site from the BBC give a taste of Scottish Gaelic for absolute beginners. Included is a Gaelic Sounds section with audio to provide some assistance. This is not an extensive list of sounds but will give you a short introduction to the most commonly used Gaelic sounds.
Lessons in Gaelic has 54 of them with a pronunciation guide for learners of Scottish Gaelic. It lso includes grammar lessons.
Basic Gaelic for Parents is not so basic and has a number of useful pages including a section with WAV files demonstrating a range of words and phrases.
Scottish Radiance has a number of Gaelic pages including Every Day Gaelic Sayings to use every day and an ever-growing Gaelic Poetry Nook. But the best page is probably the selection of Gaelic phrases with RealAudio sound files. There is also a section on where to find Scots Gaelic Instructional Material in books, video and audio formats.
A Pronouncing Gaelic Dictionary has phonetic guidance for each word and a comprehensive Gaelic grammar.
The Sounds of Scottish Gaelic is an online version built on the lessons written by Dr Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh, who formerly lectured at Edinburgh University and taught students the sounds of Gaelic.
An Comunn Gaidhealach is a voluntary organisation founded in Oban in 1891 as a vehicle for the preservation and development of the Gaelic language. The annual Gaelic Mod is a feature of the organisation.
Comunn Gàidhlig Astràilia
Comunn Gàidhlig Astràilia (The Scottish Gaelic Association of Australia) is a non-profit organisation which supports the language and culture of Scottish Gaels in Australia. Members include native speakers and learners. The association produces a quarterly journal (An Teachdaire Gaidhealach) and organises gatherings, events and occasional classes in Gaelic in Australia and New Zealand plus an Internet and correspondence courses in Gaelic.
Pàrlamaid na h-Alba
The Gaelic website at the Scottish Parliament promotes the Gaelic language by publishing information and news in the language. The site has up-to-date news and an extensive selection of pages relating to the Scottish Parliament and its work, all in Gaelic. The Parliament provides a Gaelic in Scotland Fact Sheet (in English and Gaelic) with a wealth of data on the language including the status of the language, the number of Gaelic speakers in Scotland, legislation and government initiatives, Gaelic cultural organisations, Gaelic broadcasting and a list of Gaelic organisations.
Canan
This is a company located on the Isle of Skye and its activities include the creation and distribution of Gaelic learners' materials and other Gaelic materials; the production of subtitles for Gaelic television programmes; and the provision of graphic design services.
My Gaelic
learn about Gaelic, the language and its culture; find help and advice on learning Gaelic; start looking for your Gaelic roots; meet, greet and make new friends.
Save Gaelic
SaveGaelic.org is an initiative set up to promote and preserve the Scottish Gaelic language both in Scotland and around the world. It provides a portal for supporters of Gaelic aimed at attracting the absolute beginner to the fluent Gaelic speakers to mix and share advice and ask questions on the language itself. An important element is the Forum/bulletin Board and there are links to other Gaelic sites.
Gaelic Wikipaedia
The main Wikipaedia project is the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit and use. This is the Gaelic version and gives hundreds of articles about the Gaels and the Gaelic language - all written in the Scots Gaelic. And in addition to reading and using the articles - you can contribute (if you know how to write in the Scots Gaelic).
Comann nam Parant
This is a national organisation for the parents of children who are taught in Gaelic. Their Web site supplies news about the organisation and information on Gaelic education. It also has a message board to allow parents to communicate with one another.
Gaelic4Parents
This is a hub for parents who have entered their child into Gaelic-medium education (GME), or are considering doing so. Nip the sheepdog assists you and your child as you navigate the site which includes a simple vocabulary you can use with your child (with audio), downloadable audio to accompany popular Gaelic children's books, door-signs, greetings cards and book-plates you can print, colour and use and various interactive audio examples including well-known lullabies, nursery rhymes and other songs.
English to Gaelic Primer of Plant Names
These are arranged alphabetically by the common (English) names of plants, and giving both the scientific (Latin) name and the Gaelic equivalent of each.
Scotsman Newspaper
The Scotsman newspaper provides a regular column on news and events written in Gaelic and this is available online via this Web site.
Gaelic Scotland
A joint initiative by The Highland Council and The Highlands of Scotland Tourist Board this site aims to encourage tourism to Scotland with a focus on Gaelic language and culture. The portal provides a quick route to useful planning information for people intending to visit Scotland and find out more about Gaelic.
Total Immersion Enterprises
This is a language learning company situated in Buckie in Scotland, offering "Total Immersion Plus" - a new method for learning or tutoring any language with the aim of being fluent in just 200 hours. They specialise in Scottish Gaelic, although the method is applicable to any language.
Gaelic Translation Service
A commercial site that will translate documents from and to Scottish Gaelic.
Scottish Gaelic Society of Victoria
The Society promotes Scottish Gaelic culture in Victoria, Australia, especially through the use of the Scottish Gaelic language - both spoken and sung.
Slighe nan Gaidheal, Seattle
This is Seattle's Gaelic Language and Cultural Society and the site has details of their biennial festival and ongoing activities, such as a Gaelic choir, weekly classes, monthly activity days and ceilidhs.
Am Baile
This is a digital archive of the history and culture of the Scottish Highlands and Islands and its Web pages are in both English and Gaelic. It has a large number of brief articles on a range of subjects and includes photographs, rare books and documents from archives, libraries, museums and private collections, contemporary art, films, interactive games and comics.
Pròiseact Thiriodh
A pilot project to test technologies and give access to over 600 audio tracks of Gaelic, to develop and demonstrate technologies for providing access to an online, searchable database of audio recordings made over the previous 40 years on the island of Tiree.
Highland Cathedral
This is the website for St Columba Church, St Vincent Street, Glasgow. It covers not just the expected church activities and the history of the building, but has a large section aimed at the Gaelic-speaking community with St Columba Gaelic Hymns, Gaelic Metrical Psalms, The Lord's Prayer in Gaelic, St Columba Gaelic Prayers, school resources and even some of the works of John Bunyan in Gaelic.
Gaelic Literature, Language and Music
From Electric Scotland, the site includes Manuscripts of the 15th Century such as the Dean of Lismore's Book and Ossianic Collections plus a history of Gaelic Dictionaries
Gaelic Books Council
Stocks every Gaelic and Gaelic-related book in print which can be ordered on-line via a secure server link. You can browse their catalogue, get details of new titles or find out more about their book club. Plus book extracts, CDs, tapes and videos.
IleTec - a Gaelic Word Processor
Sgrìobh - the Gaelic word processor - has been launched IleTec Computer Solutions aimed at the Gaelic community. Sgrìobh is available on CD, as a piece of application software for PCs that run Windows and comes with the IleTec Gaelic Language Keyboard for a complete Gaelic desktop.
Gaelic in Scottish History and Culture
The early history of Gaelic in Scotland and how it has been pushed aside by English for the last 1,000 years - and reasons for keeping it alive.
Royal National Mod
Details of "A' Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail", the Royal National Mods. There is also a "translator" page which allows you to enter an English word and get a Gaelic translation (if it's in their dictionary).
Every Ogham Thing on the Web
Ogham, the ancient celtic writing, is covered in considerable deatail by this site which contains a huge list of both general and academic links to Web pages about the script.

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