Ceòlas Symposium 2021

Ar Cànan

Aig Chridhe Coimhearsnachd Cruthachail

Online – all day

Friday 3rd September 2021

10.00 am – 16.00 pm

Ceòlas has been working with Glasgow University towards bringing their students Uist to hear Gaelic in day-to-day usage in a total Immersion Course. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, the course had to be presented virtually.

A rapid response was set up to film and interview local people to ensure we had sufficient content for the students. The Ceòlas team were surprised by the depth of the language and recognised that although they themselves were fluent speakers, there was still a great amount to learn about the history and stories of Uist. The richness of the local language gathered from the videos was recognised by our Immersion Course tutors, so we decided to bring in some linguistic expertise from Edinburgh University to widen the understanding of how valuable a resource we have created. This project has also kindled an interest in people sharing their stories about the local language and their views on the strength of Gaelic in the community and it will be good to hear and share viewpoints on this.

Friday 3rd September

10.00 – Gillebride MacMillan (University of Glasgow)

The importance of ‘immersion’ in Gaelic language courses

11.30 – Dr. Will Lamb (University of Edinburgh) Dialectal variation from Eriskay to Berneray: a challenge for computers understanding spoken Gaelic?

13.30 – Panel Discussion

3.00 – Prof Wilson MacLeod (University of Edinburgh) Tradition, Renewal and Revitalisation


Please phone the Ceòlas office to reserve a place,

01878 700154

or send an email to info@ceolas.co.uk

and you will receive a link to access the day by Zoom.