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    http://www.scottishcorpus.ac.uk/ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4052563.stm Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 November, 2004, 08:59 GMT Canny Scots create muckle
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      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4052563.stm
      Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 November, 2004, 08:59 GMT
      Canny Scots create muckle archive


      A new online archive aimed at recording the Scots tongue in all its
      forms is going live on St Andrew's Day.
      The Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech (SCOTS) has been put together
      by the University of Glasgow and has taken three years to compile.
      Comprising 400 texts from Broad Scots to Scottish English, it is
      thought to be the largest work of its kind.
      Its creators want to use it to capture the country's rich linguistic,
      historical and cultural background.
      The university claims it will offer the most detailed analysis yet of
      the linguistic differences that exist in Scotland.
      The diverse documents which make up the website include copies of
      prose, poetry, drama, essays, letters and business writing in every
      type of Scottish dialect.
      Each entry comes complete with cultural and social information about
      the text and its author.
      Audio and video material, with transcriptions, will be available on
      the site
      People will be encouraged to add their voices to the archive and the
      university will continue to add donated texts to the resource.
      It is hoped it will be used by researchers, teachers and members of
      the public from across the globe.
      Common language .... more at the link above.


      GUIDE TO OUR OLD TONGUE
      Click - As in 'get a click', means to get a date.
      Dreich - Dreary, dull, bleak. 'At hauf-past fower, it's dreich an
      dreary.'
      Thole - To suffer. 'Custard ay minds me on budgie's keech. I canna
      thole it, niver could.'
      Canny - Various meanings, including skilful, cautious, careful,
      frugal, pleasant.
      Muckle - Large or much. 'Mak as muckle money as they can.'
      Clarty - Dirty, muddy. 'You could have stuck her tae the wall; she was
      clarty.'
      Sonsie - Various meanings including attractive, big, handsome,
      impressive. 'Blossoms that brier in sonsie Spring.'
      Peerie - Usually means little. Stiletto shoes are sometimes referred
      to as peerie-heels.
      Gallus - Excellent and mischievous or wild.
      Fash - French in origin, it means bother. 'Dinna fash yersel.' Or 'I
      cannae be fashed.'
      Stour - Dust, eg 'The table wis thick with stour.'


      Janet.
      International communication
      http://globechatters.net
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