The Edinburgh Companion to Scots

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The Edinburgh Companion to Scots is a comprehensive introduction to the study of older and present-day Scots language. The aim of the volume is to explain and illustrate methods of research into Scots and Scottish English. Topics include the grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation of contemporary speech in Scotland, and the investigation of Older Scots written texts. There is further coverage of issues such as modern literary Scots, language planning, placenames and personal names, and the development of Scots ...
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Overview


The Edinburgh Companion to Scots is a comprehensive introduction to the study of older and present-day Scots language. The aim of the volume is to explain and illustrate methods of research into Scots and Scottish English. Topics include the grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation of contemporary speech in Scotland, and the investigation of Older Scots written texts. There is further coverage of issues such as modern literary Scots, language planning, placenames and personal names, and the development of Scots overseas. Each chapter gives a brief overview of the topic, and provides case studies to illustrate avenues of exploration for those beginning to develop research techniques. The book is designed as an accessible introduction to key issues and methods of investigation for undergraduate students interested in the way language has developed in Scotland.
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Geolinguistics
A fine presentation of a matter of geolinguistic importance and especially the connection between identity politics and language.

— Leonard R. N. Ashley

Geolinguistics - Leonard R. N. Ashley
A fine presentation of a matter of geolinguistic importance and especially the connection between identity politics and language.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748615964
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 6/5/2003
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Stuart-Smith is lecturer, University of Glasgow.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
List of figures and tables
The International Phonetic Alphabet
1 A Brief History of Scots 1
2 Scottish Place-names 17
3 Scottish Surnames 31
4 Studying Scots Vocabulary 50
5 Syntax and Discourse in Modern Scots 72
6 The Phonology of Modern Urban Scots 110
7 The Phonology of Older Scots 138
8 Corpus-based Study of Older Scots Grammar and Lexis 170
9 The Language of Older Scots Poetry 197
10 The Language of Modern Scots Poetry 210
11 The Scots Language Abroad 233
12 Language Planning and Modern Scots 251
Bibliography 273
Index 297
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