Concise Scots Dialect Dictionary
compiled by Alexander Warrack
6 1/2" x 9 1/2" • 475 pages
ISBN 97818902407357 • hardback • $14.00
At one time, Scots was the standard language of Norther Britain-a language used in every way: from court and university, diplomacy and great poetry, to the banter of the marketplace. The Union of Crowns in 1603, the departure of the royal court to London and the Union of Parliaments in 1707, were the beginning of the end of the use of Scots as a national language and the beginning of the ascension of Southern English. For some three hundred years Scots was increasingly disused and the language denied a spoken and written standard and the status of being a prestigious form of speech.
Scots, as it is now, exists only as dialectical variations particular to certain areas. Although its use as a language is no longer widespread, Scots words, expressions and pronunciation still give a distinctive identity to the English spoken in Scotland today.
Alexander Warrack's Concise Scots Dialect Dictionary is a unique and very personal work, recording the variety of pronunciations, spellings and usages of a language which developed alongside English.
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