Date of Award

Spring 4-25-2022

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Sociology and Anthropology

Department Chair or Program Director

Kristin Marsh

First Advisor

Eric Gable

Second Advisor

Jason James

Third Advisor

Janie Lee

Major or Concentration



Many people from across the world have little or no connection to their heritage languages. Whether this loss is caused by conquest, colonialization, or simply lack of parent-child transmission, many believe that they are missing an integral part of their cultural identity and want to reclaim the languages of their forebearers. There is wide debate about how, why, and if this linguistic reclamation and revitalization should happen because, in the face of modernity and language evolution, the best solutions are not always clear. What constitutes successful language revitalization in the modern world, and why does it happen? Gaelic in Scotland is a telling example.