Peer-Reviewed Journal Details
Mandatory Fields
Smith-Christmas, C; NicLeòid, SL
Language Policy
How to turn the tide: the policy implications emergent from comparing a ‘post-vernacular FLP’ to a ‘pro-Gaelic FLP’
Optional Fields
Family language policy; Post-vernacular; New speakers; Latent speakers; Scottish Gaelic
This paper compares the sociolinguistic trajectory of a ‘latent’ speaker mother to that of a ‘new’ speaker mother. Drawing on Shandler (TDR 48(1):19–43, 2004), it introduces the term ‘post-vernacular FLP’ as a means to conceptualise the latent speaker mother’s emblematic use of Gaelic with her child as a ‘seed’ from which language revitalisation can be cultivated, rather than a terminus. The paper discusses how the latent speaker mother’s current ideological landscape in many ways encapsulates the tepidity of the older generation’s ideologies. This contrasts to the new speaker mother, who has undergone the ideological transformation necessary to take an activist stance towards the language and implement a ‘pro-Gaelic’ FLP. The paper then considers the linguistic confdence barrier as described by both mothers, particularly in terms of using child-directed speech in Gaelic, and shows how the new speaker mother overcame this particular barrier. The paper concludes by discussing the policy implications of this analysis, and poses the crucial question: what specifc on-the-ground measures can be taken to transform post-vernacular FLPs to pro-Gaelic FLPs?
Grant Details
Irish Research Council (IRC)
Publication Themes
Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy