University of the Highlands and Islands

University of the Highlands and Islands

Scottish Gaelic in Scotland, UK


About the institution

The Language Sciences Institute aims to connect innovation and expertise in research and learning and will use the collective power and multi-disciplinary strengths of the University of the Highlands and Islands academic network to reconfigure current approaches to the revitalisation of minority languages. The distinctive features of the LSI are:

  • A research and learning institute, embedded within a minority language community, with a focus on understanding the dynamic linkages between Gaelic communities.
  • An open and collaborative approach to minority language research that engages communities in a process of reflection and learning.
  • The co-design of new research methodologies and innovative knowledge exchange processes that will help develop the capacity of the university to address a sociolinguistic challenge.
  • Address the sociolinguistic challenge from both a both national and international perspective.
  • Use of a whole-systems approach to language research and practice, centred on addressing the challenges of social and economic sustainability within minority language communities.
  • A languages science approach to research, linking localised minority language situations to international perspectives on language revitalisation processes and which involve the community in the design of new interventions, policy and research.

The LSI will provide a focus for informed debate and discussion on factors in relation to creating a sustainable future for Gaelic as a communal and social identity. Additionally, LSI will provide a forum facilitating engagement in a meaningful and positive way with the traditional language community and with the new Gaelic communities emerging within the larger urban conurbations of Scotland. The Language Sciences Institute has a central role in researching and informing national policy in this area of language planning in Scotland.

Contact person(s) in the project

Iain Campbell, University of the Highlands and Islands

Iain Caimbeul

Research Fellow