The Celtic Languages in the Age of Globalisation

Bissell, Christopher (2016). The Celtic Languages in the Age of Globalisation. In: Images of Europe: Past, Present and Future, Universidade Católica Editora, Porto, pp. 719–728.



This paper examines the current situation of the insular Celtic languages in the UK and the Republic of Ireland as affected by recent developments in globalization and devolution. After a brief historical account, the current situation is reviewed with reference to education in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. The general influence of Celtic-language media is discussed, with particular reference to recent developments in ICT, including the World Wide Web. It is concluded that, although no panacea for endangered minority ethnic languages, Internet access and the social media offer a degree of hope.

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