27 October 2014
A new Gaelic thesaurus which offers specialised terminology relating to the historic environment has been launched by Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on Ancient & Historic Monuments. ...
The thesaurus contains more than 4,000 terms and is aimed at Gaelic speakers, learners and schools, as well as the general public. It provides terminology relating to areas such as architecture, archaeology and history as well as place-names for many historical sites.
As a thesaurus, it not only functions as an English-Gaelic, Gaelic-English dictionary of terminology but also provides the meaning of each term in both languages.
AN INVALUABLE AID
Alasdair MacCaluim, Historic Scotland Gaelic Language and Policy Officer said: 'The thesaurus is an invaluable aid for translators or anybody with an interest in reading or writing about Scotland’s historical environment in Gaelic. By providing consistent and standardised terminology for this specialist area, it will add to the development of the language’s corpus.'
Head of Gaelic Usage at Bòrd na Gàidhlig, David Boag said: 'The National Gaelic Language Plan highlights the requirement for projects which add strength and consistency to Gaelic language corpus development.
It is vital that Gaelic is able to be used in the growing range of contexts in which it features on a daily basis, within Scotland and beyond.
'Bòrd na Gàidhlig cannot achieve this without partners and we fully acknowledge the work that Historic Scotland and RCHAMS have undertaken in support of this aim and we welcome the creation of this high quality, valuable resource.'
HOW TO ACCESS THE GAELIC THESAURUS
To access the Gaelic Thesaurus of the Historic Environment, visit the Historic Scotland website.
Read more in-depth history, archaeology and heritage articles in History Scotland magazine.
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