Re: Linguistic precedence [was: (TC304.2313)

From: Gary Roberts (
Date: Mon Jun 19 2000 - 18:40:26 EDT

The name for the language that English speakers might mistakenly consider
to be English with a scottish accent is known as Scots. Speakers of Scots
believe that the proper English name for their language is Scots. English
speakers who don't speak Scots believe that the proper English name for
the Scots tongue is English. The term 'Scottish' is not used, I suspect
because it is ambiguous.


On Sat, 17 Jun 2000, Curtis Clark wrote:

> At 05:51 AM 00.06.17 -0800, Michael Everson wrote:
> >Note that the short native term in each of these languages is 'Gaelic',
> not
> >"Éireannach", "Albanach", or "Manninagh".
> I once heard the Gàidhlig singer of the Scots folk music group Ossian
> explain to an audience that there are three languages in Scotland: English,
> Scottish (meaning the language of e.g. Robert Burns' poetry), and Gaelic
> (which he pronounced "Gallic"). So it would seem that in English,
> "Scottish" is not to Gàidhlig what "Irish" is to Gaeilge.
> --
> Curtis Clark
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