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Highland council area: Gaelic language abilities by age – 2001 Census Analysis and graphical illustration: K. MacKinnon, SGRÙD Research © 2003 for Comunn.

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1 Highland council area: Gaelic language abilities by age – 2001 Census Analysis and graphical illustration: K. MacKinnon, SGRÙD Research © 2003 for Comunn na Gàidhlig Source: GROS Census 2001 Scotland, Tables S206, UV12; Census day population counts, Table 2.

2 Highland council area: Gaelic abilities by age 2001 Age-groupTotal poplnGaelic spksread, write, other comb Understand Gaelic only All Gaelic lng abilities , , ,557 1, , , , , , , , , , , , ,205

3 Age-groupTotal poplnGaelic spksread, write, other comb Understand Gaelic only All Gaelic abilities , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Total208,914 12, ,86218,515

4 Highland council area 2001 Census: persons with Gaelic language abilities – numbers (Under-20s as: 0-2, 3-4, 5-11, 12-15, and 16-19)

5 Highland council area 2001 Census: persons with Gaelic language abilities – numbers (Under-20s as: 0-4, 5-9, 10-14, and 15-19)

6 Highland – Gaelic language abilities by age 2001 Census  Note: The ‘Read/write, other combinations’ category contained a very small number of persons (unknown but fewer than 58) able to speak and write but not read Gaelic.  Gaelic speakers aged 3-15 totalled: 2, % of the total age-group. For 1991 they were: 2,005 – 5.6%; for 1981: 1,823 – 4.8%; and 1971: 1,593 – 4.2%.  This represents consistent and significant growth. However, by itself it cannot yet overcome other net losses..  Gaelic speaker primary gains only slightly diminish at secondary level, but sharply decline thereafter.  Gains due to GME primary policies will not translate into community growth without more developed policies at secondary level and effective post-school support.

7 Highland council area 2001 Census: all persons with and without Gaelic language abilities – numbers (under-20s as: 0-2, 3-4, 5-11, 12-15, and )

8 Highland council area 2001 Census: all persons with and without Gaelic language abilities – numbers (under-20s as: 0-4, 5-9, 10-14, and )

9 Highland – Gaelic language abilities by age 2001 Census  Gaelic speakers in the 3-15 age-group as a proportion of all Gaelic speakers aged 3+ was: 17.2% in 2001, compared with: 13.6% in 1991, 11.0% in 1981, and: 9.2% in  Gaelic speakers in tht 3-25 age-group as a proportion of all Gaelic speakers aged 3+was: 24.7% in 2001, compared with: 21.3% in 1991, 18.7% in 1981, and: 15.8% in  This represents a steady growth towards Gaelic community viability (which needs to exceed 33.3% even to match natural losses.).

10 Highland council area 2001 Census: all persons with and without Gaelic language abilities – percentages (under-20s as: 0-2, 3-4, 5-11, 12-15, and )

11 Highland council area: young people in 2001 Census  The census pesentation as age groups 0-2, 3-4, 5-11, 12-15, distorts the comparison with older age groups.  Further analysis has enabled under-20s to be shown in comparable 5- year cohorts, with Gaelic abilities re-partitioned between them.  Highland council area shows an acute population loss amongst 15 – 34s in common with other Highlands and Islands areas..  The 5-15 population ‘bulge’ is not maintained amongst 16-29s..  Amongst under-15s Gaelic speakers have increased in numbers and proportions at every census since 1971 is probably due more to supportive Gaelic education policies than migration..  GME in Highland is beginning to make a demographic impact. It is slowing down decline but not yet sufficiently to reverse it.  Whilst primary gains have translated into secondary, turning them into actual community growth will require further development in secondary schooling, and new post-school initiatives.


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