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Faclair na Gàidhlig

This inter-university initiative by the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Strathclyde and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig aims to produce an historical dictionary of Scottish Gaelic.  It will be compiled on historical principles similar to those applied in the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue and the Oxford English Dictionary.

Faclair na Gàidhlig was formally established in 2003 and has attracted funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the Carnegie Trust, the Gaelic Language Promotion Trust, the Leverhulme Trust, the Scottish Government, the Scottish Funding Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council.

The project is managed from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig under the direction of Dr Gillian Rothach, Principal of the College and Convener of the Steering Committee.

Phase I (2005-08) to create the editorial and textual foundation for the dictionary was carried out at the University of Edinburgh under the direction of Professor Donald Meek and Professor William Gillies of Celtic & Scottish Studies.

Phase II has produced a full-text database of Scottish Gaelic from which the dictionary will be compiled.  This project is directed by Professor R Ó Maolalaigh of the Department of Celtic, University of Glasgow under the auspices of the Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic (DASG) project.

Faclair na Gàidhlig is a major long-term project which will produce an essential resource for the Gaelic language. Publication is scheduled to begin in 2021

You can find more information on the project website

Project Manager:  Sharon Pearson


Faclair na Gàidhlig, Fàs, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Sleat, Isle of Skye, IV44 8RQ.

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