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This map shows the regions of the world where Scots Gaelic is commonly spoken (red circle). It is spoken primarily in the remote parts of the Scottish Highlands, where perhaps 75,000 speakers still reside, of whom fewer than 5,000 do not know English very well.

Scots Gaelic comes from the Celtic branch of Indo-European. It is closely related to the Goidelic languages of Irish Gaelic and the extinct language of Manx. It is somewhat more distantly related to the Brytonic Breton, Welsh, and the extinct language of Cornish.


Daniel M. Short originally created this map and the other Indo-European language charts for his website at http://www.danshort.com/. I reproduce these images here with the author's permission, but they are copyrighted by Daniel Short as of 2002. These charts should not be reproduced or reused without Mr. Short's approval. You may contact him at danshort@gte.net for more information. These images are not public domain.

 

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