was born 120 years ago today. Best known for his long, comic, dark, epic, complex poem A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle
, he was a central figure in the Scottish Renaissance
. He was the type of guy who would get kicked out of the Scottish National Party for being a communist and get kicked out of the Communist Party of Great Britain for being a Scottish nationalist. [more inside]
Can you speak Scots?
As part of this year's census people in Scotland will be asked to say if they can understand speak, read and / or write Scots. [more inside]
We've discussed Simple English Wikipedia
, and descriptions of other languages in English
, but have you tried reading wikipedia in Scots
? You asked if Scots is a language?
How about any of the other 253
languages of Wikipedia?
Dictionary of the Scots Language.
The two major historical dictionaries of the Scots language, the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue
(DOST) and the Scottish National Dictionary
(SND), have been combined into one searchable online edition:
Thus, information on the earliest uses of Scots words can be presented alongside examples of the later development and, in some cases, current usage of the same words. In this way, we hope that the DSL will allow users to appreciate the continuity and historical development of the Scots language. By making the DSL freely available on the Internet, we also aim to widen access to the source dictionaries and to open up these rich lexicographic resources to anyone with an interest in Scots language and culture.