Language and Identity

17 Aug | 7.30-9PM | Quaker Meeting House | £5

Chair: Dr Pavel Iosad (University of Edinburgh) | Panelists: Avril Hepner (British Deaf Association), Professor Bettelou Los (University of Edinburgh), Bruce Robertson (Bòrd na Gàidhlig)

Is Gaelic dying? With less than 50,000 people now speaking the language in Scotland, some question the case for increased government spending. Has the Deaf community created a model, through the passing of the British Sign Language Bill (Scotland), for other groups to ensure rights to communication?

The panel will explore the relationship between language and identity, and investigate whether it is possible to ensure everyone’s communication needs are met.

BSL/English interpreters will be present at the event.