SoSGA – The Survey of Scottish Gaelic in Australia
Tha mi\n chunntais Ghaidhlig a'toiseachadh ann an Astra\lia. Tha sinn
dochasach airson freagairt bho cuideigin 'sam bith aig a'bheil Gaidhlig
agus iad a'fuireachd ann an Astralia. Bi sinn a rannsachadh h-uile rud a
tha innteanach mu dheidhin a'chuspair, mar eseimpleir ca\nan,
sgeulachdan, o\ran, is doighean chleachdaidh.
SoSGA is an attempt to measure the use of Scottish Gaelic in Australia,
starting in September 2001. To our knowledge, no similar Australian
survey has ever been undertaken before, and we hope to answer important
questions regarding the language and culture of Scottish Gaelic with our
There are two parts: the first is a simple, ANONYMOUS questionnaire, in
order to try and get some measure of how many people use, study, or
teach Scottish Gaelic and what spheres it is used in.
The second part will take the form of discussion groups, where opinions
will be canvassed about topics such as usage, education, cultural
activities, language maintenance issues, availability of Scottish Gaelic
material, and any other areas about which people feel strongly.
Discussion groups will take place with those who have volunteered to do
so, and where groups can be arranged.
The survey is open to ANYONE currently resident in Australia who has
some involvement in Scottish Gaelic, however small. This means that you
may participate whether you are a novice learner or have spoken Scottish
Gaelic since childhood, whether you use it occasionally or constantly,
whether you only use it as part of particular activities, or in daily
routine, or whether you have songs, poems, or stories to tell about its
use in Australia.
[Initially, only Australia is included, but in further studies, other
countries may be surveyed, depending on time and funding issues.]
For those who would like to participate in any way at all, please
contact me via the address below:
St John Skilton
Dept of Linguistics, Transient Building F12, Room 250, University of
Sydney, NSW 2006.
Telephone +61 2 9351 7514
Facsimile +61 2 9351 7572.
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