WEEKLY UPDATE JUNE 02, 2002
- As Of 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time: June 02, 2002
TOTAL - MEMBERSHIP: 315
TOTAL - MESSAGES: 1421
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The Celtic dialect called Scots Gaelic, or Erse, was heard
in many parts of the Scottish Highlands, especially in the
Hebrides. Throughout most of the rest of Scotland, however,
a Scottish dialect of English had been spoken almost as long
as in England. This dialect, descendant of the Northumbrian
dialect of Old English, was first known as Inglis and then,
during the eighteenth century, as Scots.
Educated Scots during this period strove to speak and to
write Scots or English with equal fluency. Burns made his
reputation writing Scots poetry, but he also wrote
extensively using formal English diction. Boswell could
easily fall into speaking Scots, but he worked diligently
to eradicate "Scottisms" from his writing. Johnson was
complementing Boswell when he called him the "most
unScottified" Scot he had ever met.
For those of you who have an interest in or are thinking of making a
trip to the Scottish Highlands this year, may I suggest that you take
a look at the following Web Site which is the official on-line
visitor guide to the Highlands of Scotland, put out by the Highlands
of Scotland Tourist Board.
You may also request a copy of the 2002 holiday brochure for the
Highlands of Scotland, by clicking on the following link:
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That's all for this week folks! Goodbye until next time!
Jim Allan, Moderator
Victoria, B.C. CANADA
ANESFHS Member 10387
- Dear James,
I have not written to the message board before but I
feel I must to save any confusion regarding your
information on the Scottish dialect.
An accent is the sound of a spoken language, the way
people pronounce words. A dialect of a language is the
distinctive local vocabulary and non standard grammar
of a region.
Scottish Gaelic is not a dialect of English. It is a
language in it's own right totally unconnected to
English. It has a longer history in the British Isles
and was spoken throughout Britain until the
Anglo-Saxon invasion in what is now England and
Southern Scotland. Gaelic remained a major language of
Scotland until it was suppressed by the English in the
17th century. Up until then many Scots had been
bi-lingual. The English banned Gaelic along with other
aspects of our culture, people were hung for speaking
it. Even though today it is no longer illegal to speak
Gaelic, it still does not receive any official status
by the Government. For example Government documents
may be obtained in a variety of languages including
Welsh, Urdu, and Hindi but not Gaelic. The law which
banned teaching in Gaelic and teaching Scottish
history has only recently been repealed. Please
remember that history is written by the victors and
Gaelic is often disregarded as a minority language of
the highlands when it was much more than this.
Scots have for a long time suffered criticism for our
accents and dialects and for a while the only way to
'get on' was to lose the accent. However this is true
for many regional English accents as well.
The advent of better transport systems and the English
Public School system created for the first time a
standard English accent known as received
pronunciation (or BBC English)to which many education
people aspired (not just from Scotland). Television
and mass communications acts as a 'dialect leveller'
and most regional accents are no longer as pronounced
as they once were. However, it would be wrong to give
the impression that educated Scots are ashamed of our
accents and dialects for I can assure you, we are not.
- Hi Angela,
I appreciate your reply to the section in my WEEKLY
UPDATE concerning "THE SCOTTISH DIALECT". I came upon
the article while searching the internet for a
completely different subject a couple of weeks ago and
I too was a little confused by it. That's why I decided
to add it to the UPDATE this week to see if any Members,
such as yourself, could help explain it with a little
more detail. This you have done beautifully and I thought
I should "THANK YOU" personally for doing so.
Jim Allan, Moderator