Scots Language – Scots and Twitter Usage

Researchers at McMaster University have produced an interactive map recording word usage on Twitter. The map shows how often various words were used, from Northern England up to the Central Belt. You can sort for dozens of different words, and it gives a clear picture of where these are used, along with a rating for how well-defined the split is between Scotland and England.

While the map is intended to show differences between Scotland and England, you can also see marked differences internally in Scotland, with words from different varieties of Scots. For example, the difference …

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Scots Language – SPS Training

Yesterday we spoke with a group of tutors and lecturers at the Scottish Prison Service College in Polmont. It was a pleasure to meet such an enthusiastic group, drawn from many of the prison colleges around the country. They had spent 2 days learning about the Scots Language Award, and we spent an afternoon talking about the benefits of learning Scots, …

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Scots Language – The National Column

The National newspaper will be publishing a weekly Scots language column. The first one was circulated on the 7th of January, and can be viewed here. The columns are written by Matthew Fitt, an established author and translator into Scots.
Along with his body of written work, Mr Fitt has been promoting Scots in schools for a long time. He …

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Scots Language and Scottish Studies – Understanding Standards

We’d like to remind you of our upcoming Understanding Standards events later this month. There are a few spaces left, and if interested, you can sign up here: https://athena.sqameet.net/

The events are in Glasgow, on the 27th of January. We’re running simultaneous events for Scottish Studies and Scots Language in the morning and repeated in the afternoon. The content of the morning sessions will be repeated in the afternoon, to allow people to attend both.

During the events, there will be opportunities to review candidate evidence, and to hear from our colleagues at Education Scotland. …

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