Friday, 30 March 2012

Dialect and Quality of Life

The Blether Region has long been an admirer of bilingual signage in Greyabbey that uses traditional local names alongside their modern-day English replacements, a superior initiative on the part of the Ulster-Scots movement from an era before it lost contact with reality.

The above photograph, from the Scotsman, shows another example, this time from Shetland. The report that it adorns, which addresses the enviable quality of life enjoyed by islanders, might also have mentioned culture. With a strong dialect and sense of identity — and, as we can see, signage that acknowledges that diversity — the Shetlanders are one up on many of us in that respect too.

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