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Guth nan Siarach

“Guth nan Siarach” (or “Voice of the Westside”) is the name of a new Gaelic community group in Lewis, set up in response to the 2020 publication of the Soillse research book, “The Gaelic Crisis in the Vernacular Community”.

Members of this group recently attended an online Soillse workshop on “New Insights on the Vernacular Gaelic Communities in the Islands”, led by Professor Conchúr Ó Giollagáin. It was a refreshing opportunity for community members to take part in discussion with interested academics from a range of universities, both within the Soillse network and from outwith Scotland.

Some days after the event, Guth nan Siarach members met again on Zoom to record their thoughts, questions, and ideas after hearing Prof Ó Giollagáin’s presentation and taking part in the subsequent discussion. We’re very grateful at Guthan nan Eilean that Jane, Maggie, Christine, Catriona, and Calum were willing to share their thoughts with us.

“Mother tongue” issues are often very close to the heart, and it can take confidence, courage, and no little skill to talk about them openly and with consideration, especially when the language in question has been on the receiving end of prolonged disadvantageous treatment. It’s a privilege to hear the group talk among themselves about issues of concern. We look forward to hearing more in the near future!

We recommend finding the time to watch the full discussion. The contributions are varied, thoughtful, and expressed in good Lewis Gaelic. And thanks to the Gaelic Speech Recognition research team, we’ve added CC Gaelic subtitling, which you can turn on or off as you please – and which will also enable Google translation into other languages:

But if your time is short, you can get a taste of the meeting from these “criomagan”. (CC subtitling also available on this clip.)

And here’s Prof Ó Giollagáin’s presentation:

Categories: Community, Research, UGC, Video
  1. 28/03/2021 at 10:19 am

    Hi, how do I turn on the subtitles in Gaelic please?

    • Gordon Wells
      28/03/2021 at 12:42 pm

      Watch on YouTube. You should see “CC” in the bar below the video. Click that so you get a red bar showing below CC. That turns the subtitles on in Gaelic. (You can also change the language of the subtitles by clicking the settings wheel next to the CC, and then “subtitles/CC”. This will give you a choice between Off, Scottish Gaelic, and Auto-translate, the last of which will offer a dropdown menu choice of many different languages.)

  2. 28/03/2021 at 1:07 pm

    Mòran taing!!!!! Tha sin nas fheàrr

  1. 18/04/2021 at 12:01 pm

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