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Gaelic Scots and Other Languages

Gaelic Scots and Other Languages | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

Last week the National Records of Scotland released long-awaited data from the 2011 census concerning Gaelic, Scots and other languages used in Scotland.


Although the Scottish census data is a rather crude instrument for measuring language skills and language use – it is not possible to differentiate between fluent and non-fluent speakers, to measure the relative frequency of language use, or to validate respondents’ claims – this information is nevertheless extremely valuable. Politicians and the media set great store by the census results, so their policy significance can be considerable.


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Speakin oot for Scots

Speakin oot for Scots | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

Lang syne acceptit as a ‘language’ by the Scottish an UK parliaments, oor heidmaist spoken minority leid aye has a want o status or e’en visability in education, the prent press (ootside o cartoons), in braidcastin, academia, science or in onie ither mensefu area.


Tho remainin a near ‘secret tongue’ Scots is spoken yet by hunders o thoosands o Scots. The census nummers will nae doot prove Scots is uised bi monie times the amoot of fowk spaekin Scotland’s ither minoritie leid, Gaelic.

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The Missing

The Missing | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
There has been talk recently (quite rightly) of 'the missing voices of Scottish public life'.  Michael Hance, Director of the Scots Language Centre points to a most recent and more obvious example ...
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