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Northern and Insular Scots$
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Robert McColl Millar

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623167

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623167.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Northern and Insular Scots

Robert McColl Millar

Edinburgh University Press

This introductory chapter first sets out the focus of the book, namely the Scots dialects of northern Scotland and the Northern Isles of Orkney and Shetland — dialects spoken by a wide variety of people living very different lives in divergent natural environments. It then presents overviews of Northern and Insular Scots dialects, and the geography and culture of the region. This is followed by a brief explanation on the use of the term ‘Scots’ versus ‘English’.

Keywords:   Scots dialects, northern dialects, Insular Scots dialects, northern Scotland, Orkney, Shetland

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