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12 The Value of Language-Maintenance Efforts which are Unlikely to Succeed (1987)

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This chapter deals with some of the more knotty problems which pose severe obstacles to well-intended and even well-funded efforts to promote the survival (in terms of true maintenance or of revival from a barely existing population base) of threatened languages. It deals with the East Sutherland Gaelic case and then adds examples from the Irish experience. Marked political and/or economic change is the scenario most often suggested as favorable for a corresponding change in linguistic fortunes. East Sutherland Gaelic is an isolated dialect, a speech island cut off from other dialects of the same language. Maintenance efforts on behalf of East Sutherland Gaelic cannot work. Maintenance efforts on behalf of Irish have barely worked, speaking strictly in terms of the ongoing transmission of the language. Yet if asked whether maintenance efforts nonetheless serve some useful purpose, have some value, one can still find reasons for answering in the affirmative.

Keywords: East Sutherland Gaelic case; Irish experience; language-maintenance efforts; linguistic fortunes



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