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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

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

Saoghal Thormoid: Dihaoine – Gàidhlig

11/11/2016 Leave a comment

dihaoineAir an latha mu dheireadh, thathar ag iarraidh air Tormod meòrachadh air a’ Ghàidhlig, air a’ bheachd aig daoine oirre, agus air iomairtean leasachaidh a’ chànain. Tha e ag aideachadh gu bheil dùbhlanan ann an saoghal an latha an-diugh, agus a’ beachdachadh air a’ chàirdeas iom-fhillte eadar a’ Ghàidhlig is a’ Bheurla, agus air dòighean diofraichte airson coimhead air dà-chànanas. Tha e a’ moladh nam buannachdan na chois, agus a’ toirt sùil air na cunnartan an lùib ‘ghetto Beurla’ aon-chànanach, cuideachd a’ toirt a-staigh a bheachdan fhèin air an iomairt taghaidh airson Ceann-suidhe nan Stàitean Aonaichte. Tha e a’ bruidhinn air na dùbhlanan an lùib dà-chànanachas dà-thaobhach, agus a’ toirt seachad a chomhairle fhèin air ionnsachadh na Gàidhlig agus, gu h-àraid, air suidheachadh litreachais. Aig an deireadh, tha e a’ ceangal suidheachadh a’ chànain air ais ris an dualchas às an tig e, agus a’ cur a chuid bheachdan fhèin an cèill air ciamar a tha a bhuntanas fhèin a’ daingneachadh na fèin-aithne aige, agus mar a tha e fhèin deònach agus dìoghrasach airson a chuid eòlais a thoirt do dhaoine eile.

On the last day, Norman is invited to turn his thoughts specifically to Gaelic and its place in people’s hearts and minds, and to Gaelic development efforts. Acknowledging the challenges the language faces in today’s world, he reflects on the complex interplay and relationships between Gaelic and English, and on various ways in which bilingualism can be viewed. In emphasising its benefits he counsels against the dangers of a monolingual “English ghetto”, colourfully invoking his own observations on the nomination campaign for the American presidential election. In contemplating bi-directional bilingualism he discusses the challenges of, and offers his own advice on, the learning of Gaelic and, in particular, the place of literacy. Finally, he relates the language issue back to the culture from which it springs, sharing personal thoughts on how his sense of belonging reinforces his sense of identity, and emphasising his own willingness and commitment to pass on his knowledge to others.

A full transcript of this conversation is available here on Clilstore. (The Unit Info tab also enables access to Google Translate.)

The “Saoghal Thormoid” project is a collaboration between Soillse, the inter-university research partnership which funded the recordings through its Small Research Fund, and Guthan nan Eilean (Island Voices).

Update: All recordings in both the “Saoghal Thormoid” and “Sgeulachdan Thormoid” collections are now available on the “Norman Maclean” page.

Chan eil na beachdan aig com-pàirtichean ann an rannsachadh Shoillse a’ comharrachadh beachd oifigeil sam bith aig Soillse fhèin.
Views expressed by participants in Soillse research do not reflect any official opinion of the Soillse partnership. 

 

Categories: CALL, Community, Research, Video

Saoghal Thormoid: Diardaoin – Cruthachalachd

10/11/2016 Leave a comment

diardaoinThathar ag iarraidh air Tormod bruidhinn mu a chruthalachd fhèin mar thidsear, sgrìobhadair, neach-ciùil agus cleasaiche. Tha e a’ toirt iomradh air na thug buaidh air fhèin, a leithid seinneadairean sràide is Billy Connolly, agus a’ beachdachadh air na daoine is na fasanan ann an iomadh gnè ealain. Tha e cuideachd ag aithris dàn a sgrìobh e fhèin o chionn ghoirid, agus dàin eile a chòrd ris. Tha e a’ bruidhinn air mar a chuir an t-eòlas dà-chànanach aige fhèin ri a chuid obrach, agus cuideachd air a’ chleachdadh a th’ aig luchd-sgrìobhaidh dha na pàipearan a bhith a’ roinn chleasaichean a rèir seòrsa agus mar a bhithte a’ cur a chuid obrach fhèin air fhiaradh, ga shònrachadh mar ‘Gaelic comedian’.

Norman is invited to discuss his personal creativity as a teacher, writer, poet, musician, and comedian. He reflects on the varied influences of others, from backstreet singers to Billy Connolly, and discusses figures and trends in various art forms, and offers his opinions. He also recites a recently composed example of his own poetry, and other verses that have impressed him. In discussing how his bilingual background contributed to shaping his material, he also reflects on how commentators’ propensity to place performers in pigeonholing categories could result in narrow or distorting descriptions of his work, for example as a “Gaelic comedian”.

A full transcript of this conversation is available here on Clilstore. (The Unit Info tab also enables access to Google Translate.)

The “Saoghal Thormoid” project is a collaboration between Soillse, the inter-university research partnership which funded the recordings through its Small Research Fund, and Guthan nan Eilean (Island Voices).

Update: All recordings in both the “Saoghal Thormoid” and “Sgeulachdan Thormoid” collections are now available on the “Norman Maclean” page.

Chan eil na beachdan aig com-pàirtichean ann an rannsachadh Shoillse a’ comharrachadh beachd oifigeil sam bith aig Soillse fhèin.
Views expressed by participants in Soillse research do not reflect any official opinion of the Soillse partnership. 
Categories: CALL, Community, Research, Video
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