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Seminar on Gaelic ASR

May 5, 2022

Soillse held an online seminar on “Progress Towards Accurate Automatic Speech Recognition” on 27/04/22, led by Dr Will Lamb, Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. The attendance was international with representation from Basque, Friulian, and Maltese language interests, as well as Scottish Gaelic community members. Dr Lamb’s presentation was recorded. You can view it […]

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Conference: Rooting Minority Language Policy in the Speaker Community

February 21, 2022

Soillse International Conference, 29–31 August 2022, Caladh Inn, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland Call for Papers Soillse is happy to announce an international sociolinguistics conference on ‘Rooting Minority Language Policy in the Speaker Community’ to be held between 29–31 August 2022 at Caladh Inn, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland. The conference is organised and generously […]

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“Talking Points” from Norman Maclean

January 18, 2022

A series of recorded discussions on Language Endangerment, Language Hierarchies, and Language Contact. In the last few weeks of the funded period for Mediating Multilingualism, international project partners in universities in Scotland, India, and Jamaica discussed themes of common interest with UK-based community language speakers, stimulated by brief extracts from the final session of Saoghal Thormoid. These […]

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Gaelic Award

November 17, 2021

Congratulations to the Gaelic Algorithmic Research Group GARG at the University of Edinburgh on their Gaelic Award for the work they’ve done on Gaelic Speech Recognition! The Innovation Award is for someone who showed the most innovation and creativity using the Gaelic language or contribution to the growth or development of the language.Well done to […]

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Agency and Participation Factors: the Gaelic Vernacular Community

August 24, 2021

“This research study builds on the legacy of the Gaelic Crisis in the Vernacular Community research (GCVC)[1] through exploring community agency and participation factors relevant to how Gaelic development interventions engage with the Gaelic vernacular community.” More here: https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/research-enterprise/res-themes/humanities-and-arts/language-sciences-institute/publications/agency-and-participation-factors-the-gaelic-vernacular-community/ PDF: An exploration of agency and participation factors relevant to supporting Gaelic vernacular communities.

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Gaelic Crisis Discussion Recorded

July 5, 2021

This is the recording of “One Year On: ‘The Gaelic Crisis in the Vernacular Community’”, delivered on 2nd July 2021, in which a panel of island residents discussed the impact of the book. This was followed by an open forum for follow-up questions and comments. Professor Conchúr Ó Giollagáin’s opening Powerpoint presentation can be viewed […]

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UHI Debate: ‘One Year On’

June 18, 2021

Friday 2nd July, 11-12.30pm Free, open to all. Register https://tinyurl.com/knt6jzjk

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Workshop on “Urras na Gàidhlig”

April 29, 2021

Another online workshop was held on the recommendation in the Gaelic Crisis publication for the establishment of “Urras na Gàidhlig”. Iain Campbell from the Language Sciences Institute at the University of the Highlands and Islands spoke on the topic “Building Resilience in Gaelic-speaking Communities: Governance, Agency, Participation“. The presentation is written in English, but Iain spoke to […]

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ASR project final report

April 16, 2021

Here is the final report on the Gaelic speech recognition project funded by Soillse. As can be seen, although the Soillse seed-funding has come to an end, the development work continues with a growing team.

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Spring Sale

April 1, 2021

Special 40% discount price of £15 on this important book throughout April. From the Gaelic Books Council here: https://gaelicbooks.org/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1688&search=gaelic+crisis

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