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

From: Gary Roberts (
Date: Tue Jun 20 2000 - 13:48:26 EDT

Yes. The name for the language that English speakers might correctly
consider to be English with a Scottish accent is known as English. English
is widely spoken in Scottland, often with a BBC accent (the 'standard'
accent of the English, as much as there is a standard), often without. I
suspect many people speak a creole of Scots and English. The purer form is
known as broad Scots.
                                * (University of Edinburgh alumnus)

On Tue, 20 Jun 2000, Michael Everson wrote:

> Ar 14:33 -0800 2000-06-19, scríobh Gary Roberts:
> >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.
> In Scotland, standard English is spoken by a great many people, with a
> Scottish accent, more or less strong and impenetrable depending on lots of
> factors. There is also another language, closely related to standard
> English but is derived from the Anglian dialect of Old English, is called
> Scots. It is also called Lallans (< Lowlands).
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