Gaelic

Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig)  is just one of several languages that form the Celtic Language family. These languages derive their origin in various regions and countries, collectively known as the Celtic Nations. Not all the Celtic Nations are home to a Celtic Language. Galicia and Asturias in Northern Spain, for example, have their own minority languages which belong to the Romance Languages family. However, the Celtic Nations are all linked through a series of cultural practices which derive from a single common source: the Celtic peoples.

The British Isles are home to five Celtic Languages. Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Manx are known as the Goidelic or Gaelic Languages. These three languages are closely related, and speakers of each language can, sometimes, understand speakers of the others. Wales also has it’s own Celtic Language, as does Cornwall, and these two languages are also related to Breton, spoken in the North-East of France. These languages are known as the Brythonic languages.

The most recognised Celtic Nations are :
- Ireland
- Wales
- Scotland
- Brittany
- Cornwall 
- Isle of Man

Unfortunately, some Celtic languages have become extinct; like Cornish. However, there are groups who seek to revitalise them. These languages are important because they represent  the very core of the Celtic and Gaelic cultures and identities. It is very important to continue the teaching of these languages in schools or universities in order to prevent this important aspect of Culture and History dying out.

One the goals of the Aberdeen University Celtic Society is to raise the awareness and promote the languages and culture of the Celtic Nations – in particular our own, Scottish Gaelic. We do this by organizing social events linked to Celtic culture and its languages.

In 2010, with the help of AUSA, the University of Aberdeen approved of the "Gaelic Motion", following the hard work of some of our members and with the Society’s support. This motion meant that Aberdeen University now has a responsibility to support  its Gaelic-speaking community, by consequence,  various proposals have been made to increase the visibility and use of the language on campus



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Celtic Society,
11 Sep 2010, 11:39
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