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Northern and Insular Scots

Robert McColl Millar


The Scots dialects of northern Scotland, Orkney, and Shetland are among the most traditional varieties of ‘English’, exhibiting features not current elsewhere for centuries. Until recently, they were spoken in communities whose traditional occupations have encouraged the equation of speech with local identity. They have all also been affected by contact with Gaelic, or Norse, or both. In recent years, however, the decline of traditional industries has been matched by the discovery of oil off their coasts, encouraging in-migration of speakers of many varieties of English and other languages. Ho ... More

Keywords: Scots dialects, northern Scotland, Orkney, Shetland, Gaelic, Norse, oil, in-migration, traditional industries, English

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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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Robert McColl Millar, author

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