Mid-Minch Gaelic

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Mid-Minch Gaelic
Region Northwest Highlands, Western Isles
Gaelic alphabet (Latin script)
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog None

Mid-Minch Gaelic[1][2][3][4] (Scottish Gaelic: Gàidhlig meadhan na mara[1]) is a currently developing pan-regional form of Scottish Gaelic, loosely based on the surviving dialects of Scottish Gaelic with considerable numbers of speakers. It has also been referred to by a number of other names, such as Standard Hebridean,[5] BBC Gaelic,[2] Standard Gaelic[6] (Gàidhlig bhun-tomhasach[7]) or Mixed Gaelic (Gàidhlig Mheasgaichte).[8]

These are mostly concentrated around the North-West Highlands and Islands, including Wester Ross, the Outer Hebrides and Skye. As these cluster around The Minch, this variety has been dubbed Mid-Minch Gaelic.

The Gaelic term Gàidhlig meadhan na mara ("Mid-sea Gaelic") is somewhat wider and can be seen to incorporate varieties of Gaelic spoken further south, such as Tiree, Coll, Mull or Islay.

As is generally the case with dialect levelling, this process is fuelled both by the emergence of Gaelic mass-media such as Radio nan Gàidheal and BBC Alba, Gaelic medium education, the decline of the so-called peripheral dialects (e.g. East Sutherland or Perthshire) and greater migration and urbanisation, leading to dialect mixing.


  1. ^ a b "Am Faclair Beag". Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Lamb, Will A diachronic account of Gaelic news-speak: The development and expansion of a register (1999) Scottish Studies, XIX: 141-171.
  3. ^ Cate Devine (11 February 2012). "Gaelic dialects dying out as mid-Minch voices take over". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Gaelic dialects 'dying out', Edinburgh academic warns". BBC News. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Black, Ronald (2006). Cothrom Ionnsachaidh. Edinburgh. ISBN 0-906981-33-6. 
  6. ^ Bauer, Michael (2011). Blas na Gàidhlig: The Practical Guide to Scottish Gaelic Pronunciation. Glasgow: Akerbeltz. ISBN 978-1-907165-00-9. 
  7. ^ Wentworth, Roy (2003). Briathrachas Cànanach. 
  8. ^ "Dual-chainntean a' dol à bith". BBC Alba. 6 February 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012.