Urban Gaelic Sociolinguistics


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In this episode, Alexandra Philbin interviews Chris Oates, a PhD researcher at the University of Edinburgh whose work focuses on urban Gaelic sociolinguistics. They discuss, among other things, what this focus involves, Chris’ PhD research project and research design and applying academic research to work on language policy and planning. Chris also shares advice with other early career researchers interested in studying Celtic languages in an urban context.

Please consult the list below for more information about some of the themes and organisations that were mentioned in this episode.

Language and Law



Glasgow City Council

Language Policy and Planning


Gaelic Medium Education

PhD Internships

This episode is in English. It was recorded in June 2021. Links and notes also available on our blog here.

Host: Alexandra Philbin

Guest: Chris Oates

Music: “Kesh Jig, Leitrim Fancy” by Sláinte, CC BY-SA 3.0 US (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/), available from freemusicarchive.org.

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