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Perspectives on the Older Scottish Tongue$
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Christian Kay and Margaret Mackay

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748622818

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622818.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
Perspectives on the Older Scottish Tongue

Alasdair A. MacDonald

Edinburgh University Press

This introductory chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to serve as a companion to the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST). DOST is concerned with the Older Scots language, the ancestor of modern Lowland Scots, which — alongside Gaelic and English — is one of the three long-established languages currently used in Scotland. It briefly discusses the origins of Scots. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue, DOST, Older Scots language, Scotland

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