I was trying to do reseach today on slang and regional dialects the better to create believable characters in my writings. I also have a strong interest in Celtic Studies. There were not many leads during my use of search engines, but one of the links went to a conversation on Gaelic and regional dialects from June of last year. So I thought this forum was certainly in my interests, even though I don't really have good enough power on this computer to listen to the radio broadcasts.
Anyway, one character I'm working on is a late teen who was born in Nova Scotia in 1877. He is at least half Scottish if not three quarters, so my research with him has been Victorian, Scottish, and Maritime Canadian. It's a very difficult thing to determine as to what he will speak like and what he would be likely to talk about. I myself am rather isolated on the West Coast of NA and have neither met nor spoken with a Scotsman, a Nova Scotian, or, of course, a Victorian. (I'm also not sure how to use this forum.)
My Gaelic studies are marginal and I've only studied Irish Gaelic as it is. As enthusiastic as I am I've let it go by the wayside as I'm unfortunately a pedestrian in a car-dependent community and so I haven't had anyone to speak Irish Gaelic with. I've only gotten as far as leaving the outgoing voicemail in Gaelic to deter telemarketers. (And if anyone is wondering, it really does help cut back on getting telemarketing calls.)
So, that's my story.