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    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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