Bobby Hogg, the last fluent speaker of the Cromarty dialect, spoken by the fisher folk of the Black Isle in Inverness has died recently. His passing has raised concerns over the future of this dying tongue. The Highland Council have made attempts to preserve the language, including a phrase booklet and recordings of conversations between Bobby and his brother Gordon.
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Tom Stoppard speaks out in defence of Glasgow’s language course
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Academy Award-winning playwright Sir Tom Stoppard has spoken out in support of a petition, which attracted more than 3000 signatures, presented to the Scottish Parliament by University of Glasgow lecturer Dr. Jan Culik.
The petition, which calls on the Scottish Government to instruct the Scottish Funding Council – the body responsible for distributing funding to Scottish further and higher education institutes – to provide “targeted funding for lesser-taught languages and cultures at Scottish universities”, was discussed by the Public Petitions Committee on Tuesday, 20th September. Continue reading