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Scots (Scoats leid/Lallans)

Language learning materials for Scots, a Germanic language closely related to English and spoken mainly in Scotland.

Courses | Dictionaries | Grammars | Other books about Scots


Courses

Luath Scots Language Learner: An Introduction to Contemporary Spoken Scots

Luath Scots Language Learner: An Introduction to Contemporary Spoken Scots

by L. Colin Wilson

- a introduction course to General Scots with a slight emphasis on the Scots of the North East of Scotland. Includes an introduction to the language, 25 lessons, an English-Scots vocabulary list, and appendices with verb tables and other material. Each lesson consists of dialogues, vocabuarly, grammatical explanations, exercises and background information about Scottish life and culture. A double CD with recordings of the lessons is available separately.

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Scotspeak: A Guide to the Pronunciation of Modern Urban Scots

Scotspeak: A Guide to the Pronunciation of Modern Urban Scots

by Christine Robinson and Carol Ann Crawford

- focuses on the particular dialects and accents of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh. With particular attention to the pronunciation and sounds of modern urban Scots, and downloadable recordings of native speakers, this guide is ideal for those studying it for theatrical purposes who want to honour unique regional accents or simply those studying language and linguistics.

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Dictionaries

The Edinburgh Companion to Scots

The Edinburgh Companion to Scots

by John Corbett, J. Derrick McClure and Jane Stuart-Smith

- covers the grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation of contemporary speech in Scotland, and the investigation of Older Scots written texts.

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The Concise Scots Dictionary

The Concise Scots Dictionary

by Mairi Robinson (Editor), Scottish National Dictionary Association

- a concise Scots dictionary containing contains: meanings, spelling variants, pronunciation, notes on usage, grammatical information, idioms and phrases, etymologies, and details of Scottish life.

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Scots-English/English-Scots Dictionary

Scots-English/English-Scots Dictionary

by David Ross and Gavin D. Smith

- a fascinating and up-to-date guide to the Scots language.

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A Dictionary of Scots Words & Phrases in Current Use

A Dictionary of Scots Words & Phrases in Current Use

by James A. C. Stevenson

 

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Grammars

A Scots Grammar: Scots Grammar and Usage

A Scots Grammar: Scots Grammar and Usage

by David Purves

- a coherent overview of the distinctive grammatical and idiomatic usage of Scots.

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Modren Scots Grammar: Wirkin wi Wirds

Modren Scots Grammar: Wirkin wi Wirds

by Christine Robinson

- dealing with grammar in a modern way, with modern terminology, this book gives readers an understanding of the way the Scots language works.

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Other books about Scots

Scots: The Mither Tongue

Scots: The Mither Tongue

by Billy Kay

- a classic of contemporary Scottish culture and essential reading for those who care about their country's identity in the twenty-first century. It is a passionately written history of how the Scots have come to speak the way they do and has acted as a catalyst for radical changes in attitude towards the language.

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Scots: The Language of the People

Scots: The Language of the People

by Carl MacDougall

- accompanies the four-part television series that was screened by BBC2 in early 2006. Written and presented by Carl MacDougall, the series tells the story of the Scots language from its common roots with English to the present day. This book is an anthology which features the work of 50 Scots writers, covering more than 800 years, from the anonymous 13th-century makars to Edwin Morgan, Tom Leonard, Adam McNaughtan and Kathleen Jamie.

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Itchy Coo - Braw Books for Bairns o Aw Ages (books in Scots)
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