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Glasgow researchers open up Gaelic language archive

Almost 10 million words have been uploaded in the first phase of a Gaelic-language digital archive project.

The Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic is the most comprehensive publicly available Gaelic language and culture repository and is the result of eight years’ work by University of Glasgow researchers, the Arts and Humanities Research Council said in a statement on 30 October.

The undertaking has involved the digitisation of 205 texts from all periods of Gaelic literature, including translations of the Bible and collections of Hebridean folksongs. The archive also includes oral recordings and documents gathered in Gaelic-speaking parts of Nova Scotia, Canada, and Scotland in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s. The records cover discussions of boat-building, peat working, cattle, and piping.

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