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Bachelor of Arts
Sociology and Anthropology
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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.
Coady, Sean, "Resurrecting Gaelic: Modernity and Heritage Language Revival in Scotland in a Comparative Perspective" (2022). Student Research Submissions. 470.
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