The Edinburgh History of the Scots Language

The Edinburgh History of the Scots Language

by Charles Jones
     
 


This is the first full scale attempt to record the diachronic development of this important English language variety and includes extensive essays by some of the foremost international scholars of the Scots language. The book attempts to provide a detailed and technical description of the syntax, phonology, morphology and vocabulary of the language in two main… See more details below

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This is the first full scale attempt to record the diachronic development of this important English language variety and includes extensive essays by some of the foremost international scholars of the Scots language. The book attempts to provide a detailed and technical description of the syntax, phonology, morphology and vocabulary of the language in two main periods: the beginnings to 1700 and from 1700 to the present day. The language's geographical variation both in the past and at the present time are fully documented and the sociolinguistic forces which lie behind linguistic innovation and its transmission provide a principal theme running through the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748607549
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
12/24/1997
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Notes on Contributors
1Differentiation and Standardisation in Early Scots3
2The Origins of Scots Orthography24
3Older Scots Phonology and its Regional Variation47
4The Syntax of Older Scots112
5The Inflectional Morphology of Older Scots156
6Older Scots Lexis182
7The Language of Literary Materials: Origins to 1700213
8Phonology267
9Syntax and Morphology335
10Lexis378
11Regional Variation433
12Ongoing Change in Modern Scots: The Social Dimension514
13The Scots-Gaelic Interface551
14The Scots Language in Ulster569
15The Scots Language in Australia623
Bibliography637
Index671

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