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The Media in Scotland$
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Neil Blain and David Hutchison

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627998

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627998.001.0001

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Scots, English and Community Languages in the Scottish Media

Scots, English and Community Languages in the Scottish Media

(p.20) 2 Scots, English and Community Languages in the Scottish Media
The Media in Scotland

Neil Blain

David Hutchison

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter acknowledges the increasing presence of Gaelic in the broadcast media, and argues that the situation of Scots is less secure. Scots is a language in its own right with a number of local dialectal variations, but from its inception broadcasting, has tended to favour an ‘educated’ form of the language in non-dramatic output. In this regard it has taken its cue from the print media in which Scots only appears erratically. In broadcast plays, however, particularly those with a strongly naturalistic bent, other varieties of Scots have been heard. But because of the dominance of urban realism in comedy output the line between representation and mockery is not always clear. The chapter also considers feature programmes which have been mounted that explore the varieties of the Scots language, and how more recently established minority languages are being represented on the airwaves.

Keywords:   Scots language, broadcasting, print media, minority languages

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