Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Preserving Linguistic Heritage; a Study of Scots Gaelic

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of International Journal on Minority and Group Rights

Scots Gaelic, one of Europe's oldest indigenous languages, requires urgent action to arrest then reverse the decline in the numbers of its native speakers. Language is an integral part of the cultural identity of a group and the continuation of a traditional language is a prerequisite of the continuation of the cultural heritage of its speakers. However, linguistic rights are not afforded a high priority by the international community. This article will examine the position of Scots Gaelic in the context of the salient provisions of European Law. A brief historical account of Scots Gaelic will be provided prior to a more detailed analysis of the prevailing legal standards. The approach of the Scottish and UK Parliaments to the various legal instruments and to the language will then be assessed. It is evident that Scots Gaelic has little legal protection under national laws and it will be argued that the issue of the legal status of the Gaelic language must be addressed sooner rather than later in order to preserve the language and its associated culture. This inevitably means the Government taking action in excess of the minimum measures necessary to comply with the current international standards.

Affiliations: 1: Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    International Journal on Minority and Group Rights — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation