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Land, Language and Migration: World War II Evacuees as New Speakers of Scottish Gaelic

  • Cassie Smith-Christmas
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Abstract

This chapter explores what it terms a ‘liminal’ category of new speaker: World War II evacuees to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Situated in life narrative interviews, the chapter examines why some evacuees acquired Scottish Gaelic and others did not; and also why some new speakers positioned themselves as ‘learners’ despite being socialised in the language in the home as children. The chapter concludes by tying these discussions to conceptions of the relationship of language to place; and in particular, to conceptions of place as embedded in a sociohistorical trajectory of disenfranchisement.

Keywords

Evacuees Scottish Gaelic Language socialisation Language ideologies 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cassie Smith-Christmas
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  1. 1.School of Culture and CommunicationUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland

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