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Gaelic disappearing in Cape Breton

Cape Breton may be promoted in tourism brochures as a hotbed of the Celtic music revival, but the Gaelic language that underpins the culture is dying, a new study expected to be released today says.

The report on the state of the Scottish Gaelic culture in Nova Scotia estimates there are fewer than 500 native Gaelic speakers left on the island, most of them seniors living in several small villages.

That’s in sharp contrast to a century ago, when the ancient, lilting language was spoken by 50,000 people on the island and in other parts of the province.

Read the original article at: The Globe & Mail

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