On Tue, 15 Apr 1997, Martin Burns at EasyWeb Design wrote:
> Nope, the stated aim is to make it compulsory. Not just in the
To repeat what I said: since a complete education through the medium
of Gaelic is not available even to children in the Gaidhealtachd, what
makes you think that this "stated aim" of compulsory Gaelic has any
chance whatsoever of coming true? Gaelic is not even an official
language in the UK. And yet you are trying to make it out to be some
kind of threat to the Lowlanders and their dialect? It won't wash.
> but in Airdrie, Dumfries, Kirkcaldy. And GCG have the influence that the
> Scots Language people don't. "10mUKP for a Gaelic Soap Opera? OK, sure."
Perhaps if you could prove that you actually *had* a living language
(rather than a dialect) to begin with... but anyone daring to ask for
proof of its existence is immediately condemned as a bigot.
> Perhaps they've been reading Internet Posts that say you can't be a
> Celt (ergo Scot) unless you can speak Gaelic.
There's no need to shoot the messenger. The Lowland Scots were the
ones who for hundreds of years aped the language and customs of the
English, and who reviled and persecuted the Gaelic speakers. Now we're
being asked to sympathize because *their* "language" is on the wane,
because *their* Celtic identity is being eroded. My heart aches.
Neil A. McEwan