Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Slanging Matches




















The Scotsman reports on a forthcoming updated edition of the Concise Scots Dictionary (a distilled version of the SND and DOST with the citation texts removed). What leaps out at one is the popular conflation of the terms "dialect" and "slang", something particularly noticeable in the appended comments.

And yet, as is clear from the article, it is the actual sociolinguistic status of Scots that has brought that situation about.

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