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This front matter section of the book Small-Language Fates and Prospects: Lessons of Persistence and Change from Endangered Languages: Collected Essays presents the table of contents and the foreword, and the sources for the various chapters of the book. The book describes the speech form in question and places it officially on the record. It sets out the circumstances in which the author began in 1963 to do linguistic fieldwork in eastern Sutherland, on the far northeast coast of Highland Scotland, in the three former fishing villages of Brora, Golspie, and Embo. Fisherfolk Gaelic, long sustained by the occupational and social separateness of its speakers, had been losing ground to English as the local fishing industry declined and then disappeared.

Keywords: eastern Sutherland; fishing villages; linguistic fieldwork



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