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Norman’s World – In Print!

13/06/2017 Leave a comment

 

For all that the Guthan nan Eilean project is about recording “Island Voices”, and so capturing and curating speech, there are those who still prefer to read – and not just online but off paper. With that in mind, the Soillse-supported “Saoghal Thormoid” series featuring Norman Maclean in conversation with Gordon Wells has now been made available in printable format.

This document, “Saoghal Thormoid – Norman Maclean: Synopses and Transcripts“, contains a verbatim written version of all the recordings in the series, and is free to download. Complementing the transcripts are the brief synopses of each day’s discussion previously published online.

What’s additionally new, however, is the Foreword by Conchúr Ó Giollagáin, Director of Soillse and Gaelic Research Professor at the University of the Highlands and Islands, in which he maps out the significance of Norman’s lifelong contribution to Gaelic culture, and the potential for research and recovery that work of this nature embodies.

“Tormod’s life is an acknowledgement of the cultural wealth of Gaelic society, and by virtue of this archive, he represents an ambassador to its future.” Give it a read!

Categories: Community, Research

Dance in the Car Park

06/05/2017 Leave a comment

There was a warm welcome back to Uist for Will Lamb and Naomi Harvey this weekend, when they led a “Danns’ ri Puirt” workshop at Talla Chàirinis in North Uist – so warm, in fact, that they held it in the car park rather than inside the hall! It was part of the Ceòlas annual Òran ’s Fonn song festival, which stretches over three days.

In this clip Will and Naomi talk, in Gaelic and English, about their research collaboration, and how they’re seeking to put it to practical effect, by actually trying out putting singing and dancing together. You can also get a taste of the workshop itself, as Liam Alastair Crouse, from Ceòlas, and visiting students on the Gaelic Immersion for Teachers course at the University of Strathclyde willingly put theory to test…

Categories: Classes, Community, Research, Video

Jurnaa Gaelagh

01/05/2017 9 comments

We’re “sharing Gaelic voices” again, this time quite literally!

Thanks to Culture Vannin and the fine narrative tones of James Harrison, Guthan nan Eilean now offers you the previously missing Manx version of “A Gaelic Journey – from Benbecula to Ranafast”, the story of a Hebridean trip to Donegal with Archie and Neil Campbell, focussed on capturing Gaelic voices. (We already have versions in other languages on our Gaelic Journeys page.)

This one short 10-minute film gives you the opportunity to hear all three Gaelics, as they are spoken now in the twenty-first century. The narration is in Manx, but there are also conversations in both Irish and Scottish Gaelic with onscreen dual language subtitling in Manx and Irish or Scottish Gaelic. You can also access the full transcript on Clilstore (with online dictionary linkage) in this unit – http://multidict.net/cs/5562.

Enjoy this pan-Gaelic production, propitiously launched on Latha Buidhe Bealltainn!

(And if that’s whetted your appetite for multilingualism, try the same film here again – in Basque!)

Categories: CALL, Community, UGC, Video

Gaelic Media and Communications Officer

29/04/2017 1 comment

Ceòlas were recently pleased to announce the appointment of Liam Alastair Crouse to the post of Gaelic Media and Communications Officer (Oifigear Mheadhanan is Conaltraidh Gàidhlig).

Close followers of Guthan nan Eilean will remember that he’s worked with Ceòlas in Uist before, as Gaelic Development Officer, when he recorded a short interview close to the start of his job.

So, Gordon Wells was happy to catch up with Liam again as he starts out on his new posting, this time for a video recording. Liam talks about the opportunities and challenges entailed in the task of getting more Gaelic onto the Internet. We wish him well!

Categories: Community, Video

Meetings in Lewis and Harris

10/04/2017 Leave a comment

More meetings coming up. Please spread the word.

Categories: Community, Research

Dòmhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart

03/04/2017 2 comments

Dr Donald William Stewart is based at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye.

Here he talks to Gordon Wells in Gaelic about the research module that the college will be conducting in Gaelic communities, as part of the Soillse “Leacag” corpus development project funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

He emphasises in particular the important role of day-to-day speakers of the language in shaping the overall results.

Tha Dòmhnall Uilleam gu bhith a’ siubhal tro na h-eileanan a-muigh ann an ùine nach bi fada, airson bruidhinn ri daoine agus na beachdan aca fhèin a chlàradh. Cumaibh cluas ri claisneachd!

Categories: Community, Research, Video

Public Meetings on Gaelic

11/03/2017 Leave a comment

Please spread the word. The more the merrier!

Categories: Community, Research
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