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Course Overview

This course explores Gaelic dialect distribution: students become familiar with some of the main extant dialects and look at some of the historical dialects. Students will gain a deeper understanding about the Gaelic language by learning about how Gaelic diverged from earlier forms. Students will study the Gaelic sound system and will be introduced to phonetics.  Classes will be a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practicals with plenty of opportunity to listen to and discuss various dialects.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No

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Course Description

This course will examine a wide range of modern and historical Gaelic dialects. Students will be introduced to the principles of dialect distribution and variation, and they will examine features of vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar. Students will become familiar with the phonetic symbols used for transcribing Gaelic, and practice will be given in making phonetic transcripts. The course will also consider social attitudes to dialects and the historical development and attrition of Gaelic dialects. Level 4 students are expected to carry out a much broader range of reading and to do more self-directed learning and to be able to bring this to bear on their arguments both in class and in written work. They are expected to be able to synthesise their knowledge and experience from earlier Honours courses (which they can necessarily only have if they have already done Level 3) with the new material.

Further Information & Notes

This course will be available in 2015-16 and may not be taken as part of a graduating curriculum with GH4061/GH4561.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Level 3: 2-2500 word essay (60%) and in-class theory test (40%) Level 4: 2500-3000 word essay (60%) and in-class theory test (40%) Resit: Level 3 only: 1 two-hour written examination (100%)

Formative Assessment

Students are given the chance to carry out practical and theoretical work in class, for which feedback is given in both written and verbal form.


Feedback is provided in writing on students' submitted work and verbally in class.

Course Learning Outcomes


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