Unrepresentative and ill-informed on bilingualism?

Virtually all Scottish MSM ‘SNPbad‘ headlines like the one above take little effort to rebut.

This is about the decision to build a shared campus in Edinburgh.

The alleged ‘fire‘ is no more than corks from a pop-gun as one professor and one anonymous or invented spokeswoman misread ‘a general presumption‘ as ‘a manifesto commitment‘ and a ‘pledge‘.

Here it is:

So, if there was wider agreement in the Gaelic-speaking community, you’d think there’d be more than one prof and a rep not prepared to come out into the open. Are they representative?

Would there be enough bairns in Edinburgh to justify a separate school? There are currently 51.

Percentages of Gaelic speakers (mono and bilingual) in Scotland in successive census years, by Kandle et al.
Percentages of mono- and bilingual Gàidhlig (Scottish Gaelic) speakers in Alba (Scotland) in successive census years, by Kandle et al. in https://decolonialatlas.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/scottish-gaelic-in-decline/

How many Gaelic speakers are there in Edinburgh? Around 3 000, less than 1% of the population. Was it ever spoken by the general population there?

Do you need a separate campus to do immersive education? Is chatting to the sassenach bairns in the playground going to spoil everything?

Might a bit of bilingualism be good for them? See this:

Bilingual people can effortlessly switch between languages during everyday interactions. But beyond its usefulness in communication, being bilingual could affect how the brain works and enhance certain abilities. Studies into this could inform techniques for learning languages and other skills. 

More than half of people in Europe speak more than one language while the same is true worldwide.  

Switching between languages can be thought of as a form of mental exercise where attention is focussed on the relevant language while intrusions from the second language are suppressed. ‘There is a lot of research that shows that when bilinguals speak in one of their languages, the other language is still active,’ said Dr Kyriakos Antoniou, a psycholinguist at the University of Cyprus.  

The ability to speak more than one language is therefore thought to influence skills and processes used by our brain to acquire knowledge and make sense of our surroundings, known as cognition. This includes mental capacities such as attention, reasoning, judgment and problem solving.  


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3 thoughts on “Unrepresentative and ill-informed on bilingualism?

  1. If this was religion would there have been the same outcry ?
    Shared campuses have been seen as a good way to break down ”alleged” barriers between religious groups , so why not in the language field ?
    Some people have strange priorities !

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