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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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The Spread of a Word: Scail in Scots and Sgaoil in Gaelic

The Spread of a Word: Scail in Scots and Sgaoil in Gaelic

Chapter:
(p.84) Chapter 8 The Spread of a Word: Scail in Scots and Sgaoil in Gaelic
Source:
Perspectives on the Older Scottish Tongue
Author(s):

Donald E. Meek

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622818.003.0008

Gaelic does not yet possess a dictionary comparable to the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST). If such existed, it would readily illuminate the number and range of usages of words found in Scottish Gaelic also attested in Scots. The Historical Dictionary of Scottish Gaelic (HDSG) in Glasgow University was intended to fill this gap, but the project failed to produce any significant published output. Nevertheless, an archive of paper slips (HDSG-A) was compiled. This chapter takes evidence for the use of the verb scail in Scots mainly from the DOST, and that of the use of sgaoil in Scottish Gaelic largely from the HDSG-A. It shows that the two languages share a comparable range of idioms based on what appears to be the same verb.

Keywords:   Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue, Historical Dictionary of Scottish Gaelic, verbs

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