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Cambridge App maps decline in regional diversity of English dialects

Cambridge App maps decline in regional diversity of English dialects | Scots and European minority languages | Scoop.it
The English Dialects App (free for Android and iOS) was launched in January 2016 and has been downloaded more than 70,000 times. To date, more than 30,000 people from over 4,000 locations around the UK have provided results on how certain words and colloquialisms are pronounced. A new, updated version of the app – which attempts to guess where you’re from at the end of the quiz – is available for download from this week.
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The los of linguistic diversity is a bad thing.
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The Parlour - Kelly's of Cornwall TV Advert 2016 - #SpeakCornish

Kelly's of Cornwall have created the first ever TV advert spoken in Cornish.
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24 beautiful Welsh proverbs that show the language at its finest

24 beautiful Welsh proverbs that show the language at its finest | Scots and European minority languages | Scoop.it
There's wisdom and poetry in every one
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Apocalypse Kernow! Cornish-speakers speechless at Westminster cuts

Apocalypse Kernow! Cornish-speakers speechless at Westminster cuts | Scots and European minority languages | Scoop.it
David Cameron better brush up on Cornish swearwords for his next holiday in the county. The 500-plus people who speak it are gorbollek* at the decision to slash the language’s £150,000 budget
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The quiet battle to save multilingualism in Europe

The quiet battle to save multilingualism in Europe | Scots and European minority languages | Scoop.it
The EU may claim it is "united in diversity" but the reality is very different.
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Excellent article, as a result I just bought Discriminations : combattre la glottophobie by Philippe Blanchet.
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17 Utterly Charming Articles on Scots Wikipedia

17 Utterly Charming Articles on Scots Wikipedia | Scots and European minority languages | Scoop.it
Scots is close to Standard English in the way Norwegian is close to Danish, which is to say, they are pretty much mutually intelligible.
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Patronising, but still interesting.
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Irish is considered among the hardest and least interesting subjects in school

Irish is considered among the hardest and least interesting subjects in school | Scots and European minority languages | Scoop.it

NEW RESEARCH HAS found that Irish in post-primary education is considered to be among the hardest and least interesting of subjects, with more and more students getting exemptions.

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Having tried Irish, I am not surprised.
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Short-term language learning aids mental agility, study suggests

A team from the University of Edinburgh assessed different aspects of mental alertness in a group of 33 students aged 18 to 78 who had taken part in a one-week Scottish Gaelic course.
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[VRAI/FAUX] 5 idées reçues sur l'alsacien | LINGUISTICAE

[VRAI/FAUX] 5 idées reçues sur l'alsacien | LINGUISTICAE | Scots and European minority languages | Scoop.it
Parmi toutes les langues régionales françaises, l'Alsace occupe très certainement une place à part. Territoire germanique situé à l'ouest du Rhi
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Myths about Alsatian, a Germanic language spoken in Alsace in north eastern France by about 96000 people.
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Thousands sign petition calling for government to reverse decision to pull Cornish language funding

Thousands sign petition calling for government to reverse decision to pull Cornish language funding | Scots and European minority languages | Scoop.it
A PETITION calling for the Government to reverse its decision to pull funding for Cornish language has been launched – and has already received more than 3,000 signatures. The Governmen
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FUNDING FOR CORNISH CUT WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT

The Westminster Government has written to Lys Kernow/Cornwall Council to say that funding for the Cornish language has been cut to zero with immediate effect.
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People in north-east want to save Doric over Gaelic

An online poll by the Press and Journal showed that 44% of respondents want Aberdeenshire Council to do more to preserve the “mither tongue”.
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From a while back, but interesting.
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SCOTS - The Tragedie o Macbeth

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Dr David Purves's translation into modern Scots of Shakespeare's only Scottish play. Full text.
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Creative Scotland an the sowl o Scots

Creative Scotland an the sowl o Scots | Scots and European minority languages | Scoop.it

See, its no eneuch tae jist awn that Scots is a language, we hae tae conseeder whit kind o language it is an whit it’s future cud be. Fur Scots language acteevists the ainlie road forrit fur Scots is tae big it up swith-like intae a modren tung, able tae be yaised fur jist aboot awthin in Scottish societie, the model bein post-Franco Catalan. Thon ambeetion is aften cawed ‘normalisation’ aifter the successfu process in Catalonia. It aw soons like a sair fecht, but it’s no as muckle a lowp as monie fowk think...

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Balearic government hopes to rename airports in Catalan

Balearic government hopes to rename airports in Catalan | Scots and European minority languages | Scoop.it

Balearic Government Hopes To Rename Airports In Catalan, e.g. Aeroport de Palma.

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Spent lots of time in the Aeroport de Palma.
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Does speaking Scots really make you more likely to favour independence?

Does speaking Scots really make you more likely to favour independence? | Scots and European minority languages | Scoop.it

Scots has long provoked very different reactions - not least politically. Some diehard unionists detect a nationalist agenda in new efforts to support the language.

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Old article but worth remembering....
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David Leask: The things that make the new breed of British nationalist angriest

David Leask: The things that make the new breed of British nationalist angriest | Scots and European minority languages | Scoop.it

Hardline ultra-unionism, in my opinion, is starting to creep in to our national political life. And it is, for me, every bit as ugly and damaging as the "blood and soil" chauvinism found on the fringes of the independence movement. Yet, somehow, Unionists go unchallenged on views, for example, about minority Scottish languages that would be a clear flag for far-right nationalism anywhere else in Europe.

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"...there is nothing unusual about far-right intolerance of minority languages. The same raw nationalistic fury erupted elsewhere in Europe when neglected or oppressed languages appeared on road signs or, worse, police uniforms..."
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Why Irish Spelling Looks Familiar Yet Strange | Dictionary.com Blog

Why Irish Spelling Looks Familiar Yet Strange | Dictionary.com Blog | Scots and European minority languages | Scoop.it
There is no standard pronunciation of the Irish language, and the phonology varies amongst the Irish Gaelic and its sister languages the Scottish and Manx Gaelic dialects.
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Speaking SLANG is as good for your brain as being bilingual

Speaking SLANG is as good for your brain as being bilingual | Scots and European minority languages | Scoop.it
The findings on bi-dialectalism are published in the journal Cognition, following a study by researchers from the University of Cambridge and the University of Cyprus.
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So the dialect/language argument does not make much difference regarding cognitive enhancement.
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Matthew Fitt: Politicians... yer bums are oot the windae!

Matthew Fitt: Politicians... yer bums are oot the windae! | Scots and European minority languages | Scoop.it

IF you speak Scots, dinna expect Scottish politicians tae gie twa hoots aboot yer language. Some o them patently cannae even manage wan. But if ye are a Scots speaker and ye’re used tae Scotland’s politicians pretendin yer language doesnae exist and isna warth a docken o siller or thocht, ye probably kent that awready. It’s nae Burnsian hyperbole tae state that, tae the Scottish political clesses, the Scots leid is like a daud o somethin honkin stuck tae the sole o a favourite guttie.

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Poor coverage of Scots (and Gaelic) in the manifestos.
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Poldark makers criticise cuts to Cornish language funding

Poldark makers criticise cuts to  Cornish language funding | Scots and European minority languages | Scoop.it

The makers of hit TV series Poldark have pledged support to preserve the Cornish language. Production company Mammoth TV has urged its 30,700 twitter followers to support a plea for the Cornish language. 

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Restaurants fined over not using Catalan on menus

Restaurants fined over not using Catalan on menus | Scots and European minority languages | Scoop.it
THE Catalan Government has increased fines against restaurants that are not adopting the Catalan language on signs and menus.
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Cornish language funding stopped by government - BBC News

Cornish language funding stopped by government - BBC News | Scots and European minority languages | Scoop.it
Cornish language funding is stopped with immediate effect by central government, angering council and tourism bosses.
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SQA

SQA | Scots and European minority languages | Scoop.it
Scottish Qualifications Authority, sqa, Scots Language Award
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The Scots Language Award provides opportunities for learners to study the history and development of the Scots language. It also helps learners develop their ability to understand Scots and communicate in the Scots language.
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Kirsty Blackman: Children should be allowed to speak Doric in schools

There’s no doubt that Doric is dying out. My parents’ generation all grew up speaking and understanding Doric, but bairns nowadays look at me as if I’ve got two heads if I point out how fool or clartit they are.
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