Manx Gaelic: A Story of the Undead
Manx Gaelic, traditionally discounted as a living language, has enjoyed considerable revitalisation of late. Grassroots activities have achieved official recognition and support: provision for teachers, facilitators and Manx-medium pre-school and primary school has promoted a growth in the number of speakers of Manx. A research project with the University of Liverpool has focussed on recording older near-native speakers who acquired their Manx transgenerationally from native speakers, in an effort to capture the rapidly-changing intonational and phonemic patterns of traditional Manx. the results offer a wealth of syntactic and semantic insights, and provide evidence of the co-operative principles governing discourse in Manx Gaelic.
Keywords: Language death, Language revitalisation, Initiatives: grassroots/ official, Discourse features of spoken Manx Gaelic
Dr Jennifer Kewley Draskau
Senior Research Fellow, University of Liverpool