How to turn the tide: the policy implications emergent from comparing a ‘post-vernacular FLP’ to a ‘pro-Gaelic FLP’
NicLeòid, Sìleas L.
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Smith-Christmas, Cassie, & NicLeòid, Sìleas L. (2020). How to turn the tide: the policy implications emergent from comparing a ‘post-vernacular FLP’ to a ‘pro-Gaelic FLP’. Language Policy. doi: 10.1007/s10993-019-09541-0
This paper compares the sociolinguistic trajectory of a latent speaker mother to that of a new speaker mother. Drawing on Shandler (TDR 48(1):19 43, 2004), it introduces the term post-vernacular FLP as a means to conceptualise the latent speaker mother s emblematic use of Gaelic with her child as a seed from which language revitalisation can be cultivated, rather than a terminus. The paper discusses how the latent speaker mother s current ideological landscape in many ways encapsulates the tepidity of the older generation s ideologies. This contrasts to the new speaker mother, who has undergone the ideological transformation necessary to take an activist stance towards the language and implement a pro-Gaelic FLP. The paper then considers the linguistic confdence barrier as described by both mothers, particularly in terms of using child-directed speech in Gaelic, and shows how the new speaker mother overcame this particular barrier. The paper concludes by discussing the policy implications of this analysis, and poses the crucial question: what specifc on-the-ground measures can be taken to transform post-vernacular FLPs to pro-Gaelic FLPs?