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The Scottish Government has announced a £2.5 million investment in the next phase of the first comprehensive dictionary of Gaelic. The funding will be managed by the Scottish Funding Council.

The dictionary, Faclair na Gàidhlig, aims to document the history, development and usage of every single word in the language. Once complete, the dictionary will give Gaelic its equivalent of the multi-volume resources already available for Scots and English.

The production of the new dictionary is being made possible through a pioneering collaboration between the universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Strathclyde and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture. The project has also been consistently supported by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the national public body with responsibility for Gaelic.

John Kemp, Interim Chief Executive of the Scottish Funding Council, said: “The new dictionary will go beyond language and into Gaelic culture and heritage. It will fuel the growth and expansion of Gaelic education at all ages and stages. As well as its relevance to today’s speakers and students of Gaelic, Faclair na Gàidhlig will be an important resource for many generations to come.”

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