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    "So what is Scots? Gaelic is securely established as a unique language. Scots has often been regarded as slang or a dialect of English, unworthy of serious attention. Neither description fits the facts.

    Slang is informal language usually disappearing as quickly as it arrived. Scots has an extensive literature, its words have a history, it is spoken across the country in many different variants, and it is a tongue that can be and still is used by everybody within a community. Slang it is not. Nor is it a dialect. Scots shares a common West Germanic ancestry with English, has been influenced by it, but its history has been quite different.

    Scots is, in fact, a language with its own dialects, rural and urban, of equal value and part of a distinctively Scottish way of life." ....Robbie Robertson, Assistant Director of the Scottish CCC
    http://www.sate.uk.eu.org/Robertson.html


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    Here's an excellent resource with all sorts of info. on Traditional Scots.

    Wir Ain Leid http://ourworld.compuserve.com/Homepages/K27/This site is essentially an introduction to written non-regional Traditional Scots.

    "Everyday speech in lowland Scotland varies from speaker to speaker, and may also vary depending on the situation in which the speaker finds themself. This is often referred to as a speech continuum. This continuum ranges from Traditional Scots, often called Braid Scots, the Doric, the Buchan Claik or the Moray Claik and Lallans (Lowlands) - to Scottish Standard English. This website concentrates wholly on the Traditional Scots end of this speech continuum. This includes archaeic, and some obsolete vocabulary which has been replaced by standard English equivalents. Such vocabulary is still used in literary Scots."
    Andy Eagle 1996 -1999

    [This message has been edited by sonsie (edited 21 July 2000).]

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