Steering Committee

The institutional partnership supporting the Dictionary of the Scottish Gaelic Language provides the project with a strong base encompassing all aspects of the Gaelic language community. It includes

  • the highly-regarded scholarship of the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow;
  • the expertise in teacher education and Gaelic-medium education well-established at the University of Strathclyde; and
  • the strong links with the community which Sabhal Mòr Ostaig has forged as a major player in Gaelic language learning and development, coupled with extensive experience in using ICT in all aspects of on-site and distance learning.

The Steering Committee for the Dictionary of the Scottish Gaelic Language consists of

Institutional Representatives

Ingeborg Birnie Ingeborg Birnie (Vice-Convener), Lecturer in Gaelic, University of Strathclyde. Her research interests are in Gaelic language planning and policy as well as the teaching and learning of languages in the early years of the education system.
Susan Manning William Lamb, Lecturer in Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh.  Dr Lamb's research interests include Scottish Gaelic morphosyntax; corpus linguistics; dialectal and register variation; and the use of verbal formulae in song and traditional narrative.  He is currently working towards an inter-university project to create an automated part-of-speech tagger and reference corpus for Scottish Gaelic. 
Gillebrėde MacMillan Gillebrìde MacMillan - Lecturer in Gaelic and Head of Subject, Celtic and Gaelic at The University of Glasgow. He was born and raised in South Uist and is a native Gaelic speaker. His research and performance interests focus on Gaelic and he has been undertaken many creative project and project involved with collection and dissemination of the oral tradition.
Gillian Munro Dr Gillian Munro (Convener), Principal of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI.  Dr Munro has an MA Honours degree in Celtic Studies and a PhD in Scottish Ethnology and Social Anthropology, gained at the University of Edinburgh. She is a fluent Gaelic speaker and her first language is Scots.  She is a specialist in minority language policy and development and has led Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s submissions to all the UK-wide Research Assessment Exercise and Research Excellence Framework audits since 2000.  Gillian has lived and worked in Skye since 1998. She has two children, who attend primary and pre-school Gaelic Medium Education.
Moray Moray Watson, Senior Lecturer in Gaelic and Associate Director of the Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen. His current research interests are in modern literature and translation studies. Early in his academic life, he completed a Master’s degree on lexicography and simultaneously wrote the children’s dictionary Mo Chiad Fhaclair.