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Stòras Beò nan Gàidheal

31/07/2019 Leave a comment

Followers of Island Voices need no introduction to Archie Campbell.

He’s been a stalwart supporter and contributor since our very early days.

In recent months he’s been involved in a new pilot project in which the UHI Language Sciences Institute with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Soillse, together with Irish partners, embark on recording the natural speech of Irish and Scottish Gaelic speakers in their own communities with user-friendly equipment and techniques.

This film was made with Pàdruig Moireach in an early training session, and may be viewed as a sample of what’s to come. It builds on the model of the Saoghal Thormoid series, using the same basic two-camera set-up, with minimal editing work afterwards, so that the viewer gets a real feel for the natural conversational flow of two people speaking to each other, with all the normal repeats, reformulations, hesitations, and interruptions that characterise authentic spoken communication. Pàdruig quizzes Archie on his recollections and opinions on growing up and continuing to live on Benbecula. It’s a fascinating half-hour listen.

You can watch the video by itself on YouTube:

Or you can follow this link to catch it with an accompanying transcript on Clilstore:

http://multidict.net/cs/7628

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Categories: CALL, Community, Research, UGC, Video

Un viaggio gaelico

01/06/2019 Leave a comment

Il gruppo del progetto scozzese Voci delle isole (Island Voices/Guthan nan Eilean) visita l’Irlanda. Questo documentario è stato doppiato in italiano. Sono presenti anche dialoghi in lingua gaelica d’Irlanda e di Scozia, la cui traduzione è posta nei sottotitoli.

Seo cànan ùr dhuinn aig Guthan nan Eilean. Mòran taing do Francesco La Rocca airson am film seo a chur gu Eadailtis!

We were delighted at Island Voices a little while ago to receive an e-mail from Francesco suggesting we do an Italian version of A Gaelic Journey, and even more pleased when the translated text and sound files came through a short time later. What a great job he’s done!

Another linguistic brick in our steadily rising wall of Other Tongues, and all a part of our Sharing Gaelic mission.

As usual, you can also access the video on Clilstore – Unit 7505 – so you can watch, listen, and read at the same time.

 

 

Categories: CALL, Community, UGC, Video

Shantiniketan Presentations

24/03/2019 Leave a comment

 

Island Voices co-ordinator Gordon Wells’s “lightning tour” of India concluded with a session in the Bhasha Bhavana (Languages Building) of the world-famous Visva Bharati University at Shantiniketan. Wearing hats from both Guthan nan Eilean and Soillse (for which he is the project manager), Gordon Wells delivered a summary of the overall Island Voices project while highlighting the partnership with Soillse, particularly in relation to Saoghal Thormoid.

Conchúr Ó Giollagáin’s talk. (Click to enlarge.)

CFEL publications. (Click to enlarge.)

Like the previously visited Jadavpur University in Kolkata, Shantiniketan also hosts a Centre for Endangered Languages, another link in a chain that connects many different parts of India. Soillse Director, Conchúr Ó Giollagáin, who also spoke in all three venues on the tour, is keen to develop dialogue and links between Irish and Scottish Gaelic interests and Indian efforts and initiatives to protect and promote linguistic diversity. In his talks on Irish and Scottish Gaelic culture and demography he noted in particular the striking disparity in international academic attention and resources devoted to India, with its rich mix of languages and cultures, in comparison with, for example, Western Europe which has far less linguistic variety.

The speakers, hosted by Profs Kailash Pattanaik and Abhijit Sen. (Click to enlarge.)

Both visitors certainly found Shantiniketan an inspiring venue to complete their tour, where they were warmly received by faculty members, research scholars, and students, and treated to a fascinating tour of the campus, as well as Rabindra Bhavan, which houses the Rabindranath Tagore museum.

Rabindranath Tagore’s house. (Click to enlarge.)

A PDF of Gordon’s presentation with live links can be viewed here.

Mediating Multilingualism: Video Documentation

20/03/2019 Leave a comment

“So, tha cunnart ann a bhith a’ dèiligeadh le aon chànan a-mhàin… Ma tha cànain eile agad tha an saoghal a’ sìor leudachadh a-muigh, agus faodaidh tu roghainn a dhèanamh, faodaidh tu deagh thaghadh a dhèanamh.”

(“So there’s a danger in dealing with only one language… If you have other languages the world keeps widening out, and you can make choices, you can make good choices.”)

This extract from Saoghal Thormoid, particularly in keeping with the theme of the Indo-Scottish colloquium at Amity University Haryana, was used as the final example in Gordon Wells’s second presentation, in which he was invited to speak on aspects of Video Documentation in an ethnographic context.

The PDF of the presentation, with live links to further exemplifying material is available here.

Categories: Research, Video

Skol-Veur C’houezelek Bro-Skos

12/11/2018 Leave a comment

Teul-film berr evit an deskidi diwar-benn Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skol-Veur C’houezelek Bro-Skos.

Film aithriseach goirid ann am Breatnais airson luchd-ionnsachaidh mu dheidhinn Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

Short Breton documentary about Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland’s Gaelic College.

While you watch and listen you can read a transcript here with online dictionary access to every single word on Clilstore Unit 7207: http://multidict.net/cs/7207

Many thanks to Fañch Bihan-Gallic for the latest “Other Tongues” addition to our Sharing Gaelic Voices theme! Fañch is also a keen Gaelic scholar, with an interest in the informal learning of the language. And outside his formal studies he is an active member of the Misneachd campaign group.

 

Categories: CALL, Classes, Community, UGC, Video

Singing on the pipes

20/07/2018 Leave a comment

Raw video from the Facebook page. “Guthan gu leòr aig geamaichean Uibhist a Tuath. A taste of the North Uist games, with plenty singing on the pipes.” The unmistakable soundtrack to Island Games.

Categories: Community, UGC, Video

Peatcutting: slow burner catches fire

08/06/2018 Leave a comment

Among the 200+ Island Voices videos on YouTube, the documentaries and interviews on peatcutting, featuring Archie Campbell, have constantly attracted a steady, if not eye-catching, stream of hits. Slow burning, you might say, like the stuff itself.

Well, there appears to have been a shift in the wind in the YouTube algorithms, judging by recent analytics for the English version of the documentary. This looks more like a muirburn out of control!

Suddenly, viewers all round the world – from the United States to Sweden, to Romania, India, Indonesia, Brazil and elsewhere – are taking an interest in how peats are cut in Benbecula. It’ll be interesting to see how many move on to listen to Archie talking about the process and the social customs attached to it in either English or Gaelic – all available on the Series 2 Outdoors page. And any Polish-speaking viewers can also get a version of the documentary in their own language – Kopanie torfu!

 

Categories: Video
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