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Mar 28, 2022

Researchers Launch Index of Gaelic Songs in Nova Scotia

A comprehensive index of more than 6,000 Gaelic songs composed, sung, or published in Nova Scotia were launched during a live event in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia on Saturday, March 26, 2022 in what is called the ‘Language in Lyrics’ Project.

For the past four years, Cape Breton University’s Dr. Heather Sparling, Canada Research Chair in Musical Traditions and Professor of Ethnomusicology, together with co-applicants Roibeard (‘Robby’) Ó Maolalaigh, Professor of Gaelic and Celtic Studies at Glasgow University, and Lewis MacKinnon, Director of Nova Scotia Gaelic Affairs, have led a team of researchers to compile the Nova Scotia Gaelic song index by drawing from print media, archival recordings, and private collections. The goal was to identify songs that could provide the foundations of a Nova Scotia Gaelic language corpus, which could be used for research, analysis, and possibly a future dictionary of Nova Scotia Gaelic.

You can read more in the Cape Breton University web site at https://bit.ly/3ILvN18.