Theory, Research & Other Dirty Words In Language Policy & Planning [Prof Rob Dunbar]
Professor Rob Dunbar - who heads up the SOILLSE project - presents his inaugural lecture, the first in the UHI public lecture series presented fully in Gaelic. A common feature of minority language maintenance and revitalisation movements is the fundamental role that passionate activists have in them. Frequently, though, they have only a limited background in language planning theory or practice, and a lack of information to inform and to guide their development initiatives. In this lecture, the theoretical tools relevant to language policy and planning for minority languages such as Gaelic, the experience on which such tools are based, and the research needs and priorities which such tools help us to define will be considered. Can theory and research inform and support policy making and practice in ways that allow us to avoid the ‘culture clash’?