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9 Age and Speaker Skills in Receding Language Communities: How Far do Community Evaluations and Linguists’ Evaluations Agree? (2009)

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Linguists working with receding languages in a language-shift setting have begun their research with the reasonable working assumption that age will show a correlation with proficiency: that the oldest remaining speakers will represent the pinnacle of proficiency for the community they belong to, and that the youngest continuing speakers will demonstrate reduced proficiency as compared with the most senior individuals. Several things need to be kept in mind in assessing the relationship between age and speaker skills in receding languages. One is that even in monolingual communities individuals differ in their language skills. Material collected in Embo in the '60s and '70s showed a surprisingly large amount of change in progress in Embo speakers' Gaelic, with older speakers using more traditional grammatical forms than younger speakers. Seónaid the youngest individual among the OFS group, enjoyed a high reputation as an Embo Gaelic speaker.

Keywords: age; Embo Gaelic speaker; language-shift; monolingual community; receding language; Seónaid; speaker skills



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