Mudcat Café message #3051611 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #134129   Message #3051611
Posted By: GUEST,Allan Con
12-Dec-10 - 05:37 AM
Thread Name: Scottish Trad. Awards on T.V.
Subject: RE: Scottish Trad. Awards on T.V.
"I would doubt that many of the Irish immigrants/Gaelic speakers would be in Nova SCOTIA! Newfoundland more likely."

Fair dos but my comments about the Irish Gaelic speakers were about Canada as a whole and not Nova Scotia. I know that Nova Scotia/Cape Breton have Gaelic tradition etc - but that is not the same as there being many speakers there. The word 'many' is relative. To keep it in perspective as a whole there is about one Gaelic speaker out of every 1880 people in Nova Scotia. Compare that with the Scottish Borders (which along with Orkney and Shetland is just about the most un-Gaelic part of Scotland)where there is about one Gaelic speaker for every 330 people. I know if you break it down to Cape Breton then many of the speakers will be centred on there but the cold fact remains that there simply aren't very many of them. The numbers are miniscule when compared with Scotland. I'm not suggesting that it isn't great that there are speakers there and that it is being encouraged. Just pointing out that the language's ultimate survival depends on how it fairs in its homeland and I'd go further and say in its Highland and Island heartlands.