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Old 23rd August 2015, 19:52
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"better ‘Inglys’ then Kennedy"

In The Flyting of Dumbar and Kennedie, Dunbar links Gaelic utterance to treachery (‘thy treachour tung hes tane ane Heland strynd’; ‘dissaitful tyrand with serpentis tung vnstable’), blasphemy (‘baird blasphemer’) and rebellion (‘rebald
rymyng’). In The Buke of the Howlat , and in ‘Ane Anser to Ane
Helandmen’s Invective’ attributed to Montgomerie, we see parodies
of Gaelic speech, while its perceived harsh sounds result in the
regular characterisation of its speakers as rooks, ravens, and perhaps
ptarmigans and cormorants.Attempts by Gaels to speak Lowland
Scots are also targeted: in The Buke of the Howlat the bard is
mocked for his use of the third person feminine singular, in place of
the first person singular, pronoun; in the ‘Flyting’ Dunbar asserts
that he can speak better ‘Inglys’ then Kennedy ‘can blabber with thy
Carrick lippis’.
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