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The name "Scots" signifies that the language is from Scotland, which was from the Latin word scotti. "Lowland" is just used to distinguish the language from Scottish Gaelic, which is completely unrelated, and many people refer to the Germanic Scots language as simply "Scots". Scots is a Germanic language closely related to English and spoken by about 1.5 million people in Scotland. Scots is descended from the language of the Angles who settled in northern Britain, in an area now known as Northumbria and southern Scotland, in the 5th century AD. The language was originally known as 'Inglis' and has since been influenced by Gaelic, Norse, Latin, Dutch, Norman French, Standard French and English.
By the 14th century Scots was the main language of Scotland and was used in literature, education, government and in legal documents. This was the period when Scots literature began to take off and notable literary works include Barbour's Brus, Whyntoun's Kronykil and Blin Harry's Wallace.
After the union of the Scottish and English parliaments in 1707, English became the language of government and of polite society in Scotland, though the vast majority of people continued to speak Scots. English also began to replace Scots as the main written language in Scotland.
During the 19th and early 20th century efforts were made to eradicate Scots, mainly by punishing children for speaking it at school. In the 1980s and 1990s attitudes began to change and there is limited use of Scots in education, the media and in literature. In 1983 a Scots translation of the New Testament was published and in 1985 SNDA's Concise Scots Dictionary was published.
Here is an example of a sample sentence in the two languages, and Dutch, another close relative;
- English: I eat an apple.
- Scots: A eat a aiple.
- Dutch: Ik eet een appel.
Archaic English words show its Germanic roots, which are reflected in Scots:
- English: hound, fowl, house, milk
- Scots: hoond, foul, hoose1, milk
It might not be as easy to learn for an English speaker as, say, Esperanto, but is probably the easiest natural language to learn for English speakers due to the fact that it is so similar to English. In fact, Scots and English share approximately 80% to 90% of the same lexicon.
1: Also "haudin".
Can Scots people and English people understand each other?
In the majority of instances Scottish people and English people can understand each other with few problems since most Scots can just change to standard English. Many Scots only speak Lowland Scots at home with family and friends. Standard English is used for business and communicating with tourists.
Many writers now strictly avoid apostrophes where they supposedly represent "missing" English letters. Such letters were never actually missing in Scots. For example, in the 14th century, John Barbour spelt the Scots cognate of 'taken' as tane. Since there has been no k in the word for over 700 years, representing its omission with an apostrophe seems pointless. The current spelling is usually taen.
- Like most languages, Scots has its own distinct regional dialects. Most Scots can tell which part of the country someone is from simply by their dialect.
- There is another language used in Scotland. As well as English and Lowland Scots there is also Scottish Gaelic. This is a Celtic language similar to Irish. It's mainly spoken in the North West Highlands and Islands. Luckily most Gaelic speakers also know standard English so there are few communication problems.
- You are probably more likely to hear more Scots spoken in the country rather than big cities. Urban Scots generally tend to speak a more diluted version which is more like standard English.
- Scots is recognised by the UK government as a minority language which is distinct from English.
- "River City" is a Scots soap opera set in a fictional Glasgow suburb. Many of the actors on the show speak a form of Urban Scots. The TV program is produced by Scottish Television.
On to Pronunciation!>>
The following is more a guide for readers. How the spellings are applied in practice is beyond the scope of such a short description. Phonetics are in IPA.
Most consonants are usually pronounced much as in English but:
- c: /k/ or /s/, much as in English.
- ch: /x/, also gh. Medial 'cht' may be /ð/ in Northern dialects. loch (fjord or lake), nicht (night), dochter (daughter), dreich (dreary), etc. Similar to the German "Nacht".
- ch: word initial or where it follows 'r' /tʃ/. airch (arch), mairch (march), etc.
- gn: /n/. In Northern dialects /gn/ may occur.
- kn: /n/. In Northern dialects /kn/ or /tn/ may occur. knap (talk), knee, knowe (knoll), etc.
- ng: is always /ŋ/.
- nch: usually /nʃ/. brainch (branch), dunch (push), etc.
- r: /r/ or /ɹ/ is pronounced in all positions, i.e. rhotically.
- s or se: /s/ or /z/.
- t: may be a glottal stop between vowels or word final. In Ulster dentalised pronunciations may also occur, also for 'd'.
- th: /ð/ or /θ/ much as is English. Initial 'th' in thing, think and thank, etc. may be /h/.
- wh: usually /ʍ/, older /xʍ/. Northern dialects also have /f/.
- wr: /wr/ more often /r/ but may be /vr/ in Northern dialects. wrack (wreck), wrang (wrong), write, wrocht (worked), etc.
- z: /jɪ/ or /ŋ/, may occur in some words as a substitute for the older ȝ (yogh). For example: brulzie (broil), gaberlunzie (a beggar) and the names Menzies, [inzean, Culzean, MacKenzie etc. (As a result of the lack of education in Scots, MacKenzie is now generally pronounced with a /z/ following the perceived realisation of the written form, as more controversially is sometimes Menzies.)
- The word final 'd' in nd and ld: but often pronounced in derived forms. Sometimes simply 'n' and 'l' or 'n'' and 'l''. auld (old), haund (hand), etc.
- 't' in medial cht: ('ch' = /x/) and st and before final en. fochten (fought), thristle (thistle) also 't' in aften (often), etc.
- 't' in word final ct and pt but often pronounced in derived forms. respect, accept, etc.
In Scots, vowel length is usually conditioned by the Scots vowel length rule. Words which differ only slightly in pronunciation from Scottish English are generally spelled as in English. Other words may be spelt the same but differ in pronunciation, for example: aunt, swap, want and wash with /a/, bull, full v. and pull with /ʌ/, bind, find and wind v., etc. with /ɪ/.
- The unstressed vowel /ə/ may be represented by any vowel letter.
- a: usually /a/ but in south west and Ulster dialects often /ɑ/. Note final a in awa (away), twa (two) and wha (who) may also be /ɑ/ or /ɔ/ or /e/ depending on dialect.
- au, aw and sometimes a, a' or aa: /ɑː/ or /ɔː/ in Southern, Central and Ulster dialects but /aː/ in Northern dialects. The cluster 'auld' may also be /ʌul/ in Ulster. aw (all), cauld (cold), braw (handsome), faw (fall), snaw (snow), etc.
- ae, ai, a(consonant)e: /e/. Often /ɛ/ before /r/. In Northern dialects the vowel in the cluster -'ane' is often /i/. brae (slope), saip (soap), hale (whole), ane (one), ance (once), bane (bone), etc.
- ea, ei, ie: /iː/ or /eː/ depending on dialect. /ɛ/ may occur before /r/. Root final this may be /əi/ in Southern dialects. In the far north /əi/ may occur. deid (dead), heid (head), meat (food), clear, speir (enquire), sea, etc.
- ee, e(Consonant)e: /iː/. Root final this may be /əi/ in Southern dialects. ee (eye), een (eyes), steek (shut), here, etc.
- e: /ɛ/. bed, het (heated), yett (gate), etc.
- eu: /(j)u/ or /(j)ʌ/ depending on dialect. Sometimes erroneously 'oo', 'u(consonant)e', 'u' or 'ui'. beuk (book), ceuk (cook), eneuch (enough), leuk (look), teuk (took), etc.
- ew: /ju/. In Northern dialects a root final 'ew' may be /jʌu/. few, new, etc.
- i: /ɪ/, but often varies between /ɪ/ and /ʌ/ especially after 'w' and 'wh'. /æ/ also occurs in Ulster before voiceless consonants. big, fit (foot), wid (wood), etc.
- i(consonant)e, y(consonant)e, ey: /əi/ or /aɪ/. 'ay' is usually /e/ but /əi/ in ay (yes) and aye (always). In Dundee it is noticeably /ɛ/.
- o: /ɔ/ but often /o/.
- oa: /o/.
- ow, owe (root final), seldom ou: /ʌu/. Before 'k' vocalisation to /o/ may occur especially in western and Ulster dialects. bowk (retch), bowe (bow), howe (hollow), knowe (knoll), cowp (overturn), yowe (ewe), etc.
- ou, oo, u(consonant)e: /u/. Root final /ʌu/ may occur in Southern dialects. cou (cow), broun (brown), hoose (house), moose (mouse) etc.
- u: /ʌ/. but, cut, etc.
- ui, also u(consonant)e, oo: /ø/ in conservative dialects. In parts of Fife, Dundee and north Antrim /e/. In Northern dialects usually /i/ but /wi/ after /g/ and /k/ and also /u/ before /r/ in some areas eg. fuird (ford). Mid Down and Donegal dialects have /i/. In central and north Down dialects /ɪ/ when short and /e/ when long. buird (board), buit (boot), cuit (ankle), fluir (floor), guid (good), schuil (school), etc. In central dialects uise v. and uiss n. (use) are [jeːz] and [jɪs].
- Negative na: /ɑ/, /ɪ/ or /e/ depending on dialect. Also 'nae' or 'y' eg. canna (can't), dinna (don't) and maunna (mustn't).
- fu (ful): /u/, /ɪ/, /ɑ/ or /e/ depending on dialect. Also 'fu'', 'fie', 'fy', 'fae' and 'fa'.
- The word ending ae: /ɑ/, /ɪ/ or /e/ depending on dialect. Also 'a', 'ow' or 'y', for example: arrae (arrow), barrae (barrow) and windae (window), etc.
Lowland Scots Lesson One: The Basics
English has the words "the", "a" and "an". These words are called "articles" and are used to refer to concepts which are specific (the, which is definite) or general (a and an, which are indefinite).
- A man. The man. A group of men. The men.
Some languages will have one but not the other. Some languages have neither. Scots has both, and the rules are slightly simpler than in English.
The Scottish word for "the" is also the (pronounced more like "theh" instead of how we pronounce it "thuh") and it almost exactly like in English. The only difference is that it is also used before the names of seasons, days of the week, many nouns, diseases, trades, occupations, sciences and academic subjects. It is also often used in place of the indefinite article and instead of a possessive pronoun: the hairst (autumn), the Wadensday (Wednesday), awa tae the kirk (off to church), the nou (at the moment), the day (today), the haingles (influenza), the Laitin (Latin), The deuk ett the bit breid (The duck ate a piece of bread), the wife (my wife) etc.
- Scots: The hoond. The tree. The waw.
- English: The dog. The tree. The wall.
The Lowlands word for "a" and "an" is simply "a".
- Scots: The hoose. A aiple. The loanin an a tree.
- English: The house. An apple. The field and a tree.
Am, Is, are, was, were
"Am", "is", and "are" are the same in Scots, but "was" and "were" are simply "wis", though "were" is sometimes "war" in the language.
- Scots: A am, she is, we are, he wis, thay wis/war.
- English: I am, she is, we are, he was, they were.
Words like "he" and "she" are pronouns. The Scottish system has a few differences over English, as you will see below:
- A1 I
- me2 me
- ma3 my
- ye4 singular "you"
- he he
- his his
- she she
- her her
- him him
- it5 it
- we6 we
- us7 us, me
- thay they
- thaim them
- thair their
- yese8 plural "you"
- yer9 your
The most recognizable difference is the distinction between singular and plural "you". English used to have the same distinction; it used "thou" for singular "you" and "ye" for plural "you". However, "thou" fell into disuse, and "ye" took its place and became modern "you". "Yese/Youse" would be used in a sentence such as, "A lue10 yese/youse", which translates to, "I love you all". "Ye" would be used in all other cases, like "Wha are ye?", meaning "Who are you?" Scots:
- Hou11 are ye?
- Hou are yese?
- How are you? (Friendly)
- How are you? (More than one person) or How are you all? or How are all of you?
- 1: Also "I" when used to emphasize.
- 2: Also "us" or "hus".
- 3: Also "ma certes".
- 4: Also "you".
- 5: Also "hit".
- 6: Also "oo".
- 7: Also "hus", "us".
- 8: Also "youse".
- 9: Also "your".
- 10: Also "amour" or "love".
- 11: Also "whitwey".
Prepositions, like the name suggests, describe positions and the relationships between things. Some language courses choose to describe these in more advanced lessons, but it's difficult to form sentences without them. Here we will introduce a few basic prepositions, but we will discuss them in greater depth in a future lesson.
- amang among
- in in
- on1 on (as in I put my books on my desk)
- unner under (very similar to the English word)
- ahint2 behind
- atween between
- wi with
- neist tae3 next to
- forbye besides
The number of sentences which you can now build with a minimal vocabulary has increased dramatically.
- Scots: We are in the hoose.
- English: We are in the house.
- 1: Also "ontae".
- 2: Also "aback" or "hinder".
- 3: Also "til".
This is a vocabulary list. Some of these words have appeared previously in this lesson and some are new.
- aiple apple
- tree tree
- door door
- eat eat, to eat
- hair hair, a small portion
- dug1 dog
- cat2 cat
- meat3 food
- lassie4 girl
- ken know
- moose mouse
- hoose house
- kirk church
- waw wall
- fowk people
- reid red
- leid language
- laddie5 boy
- son son
- bairn child
- tuith tooth
- sit sit, to sit
- sleep sleep, to sleep
- the toun city
- chyre chair
- black black
- table6 table
- hackit7 ugly
- loanin8 field, paddock, lane
- bide to reside, live at, lodge, stay
- 1: Also "duggie", "hoond", or "tike".
- 2: Also "baudrons", "cheetie", "pous", or "pousie".
- 3: Also "farin", "leevin", "mealtith", or "fuid".
- 4: Also "lassie" or "quean".
- 5: Also "callant", "lad", "boy", or "loun".
- 6: Also "buird".
- 7: Also "grugous", "ill-farrant", "uggsome", or "ougly".
- 8: Also "lea".
Translate these sentences into English.
- Ye are John.
- The hoose is reid.
- She bides in the toun.
- The lassie wi black hair.
- The dug sleeps unner a tree.
- The cat eats the meat.
- A sit on the chyre neist tae the table.
- Yese are ahint the door in the waw.
Translate these sentences into Lowland Scots.
- I am Jack.
- It is under the table.
- The door is in the red wall.
- The mouse lives under the house.
- A dog is sleeping behind the chair.
- The tree is in the field.
- The boy with food.
- You eat an apple.
Answers to the above exercises.
- You are John.
- The house is red.
- She lives in the city.
- The girl with black hair.
- The dog sleeps/is sleeping under a tree.
- The cat eats/is eating the food.
- I sit/am sitting on the chair next to the table.
- You are behind the door in the wall.
- A am Jack.
- It is unner the table.
- The door is in the reid waw.
- The moose bides unner the hoose.
- A dug sleeps ahint the chyre.
- The tree is in the loanin.
- The laddie wi the meat.
- Ye eat an aiple.
End of lesson one
That concludes the very first Lowland Scots lesson, and by now you should already be able to form simple sentences. Use the vocabulary you have learned to form your own sentences!
Lowland Scots Lesson Two: Numbers and Greetings
The number system in Scots is very similar to English, which is obvious because Lowlands is English's closest relative. The numbers are as follows;
- 'wan"1 one
- twa two
- three three
- fower four
- five five
- sax six
- seiven seven
- aicht eight
- nine nine
- ten ten
- eleiven eleven
- twal twelve
- thirteen2 thirteen
- fowerteen fourteen
- fifteen fifteen
- saxteen sixteen
- seiventeen seventeen
- aichteen eighteen
- nineteen nineteen
- twinty twenty
- 1: Also pronounced "yin" "een" or "wan" and "ae" also pronounced "yae".
- 2: Also "thritteen" or "deil's dizzen".
Some common phrases include as follows:
- Scots: walcome. hous it gaun?1 a'am daein fine.2,3 thank ye. thanks. hou much. cheerio.
- English: welcome. how are you? I am well. thank you. Thanks. how much? good-bye.
- 1: It literally says "how is it going?".
- 2: It literally says "I'm doing fine".
- 3: "A am" would coloquially be contracted into the word "A'm".
- John: Whit like?1
- Mary: A'm daein fine. An yersel?2
- John: A'm daein fine an aw. Thanks for askin! A'm awa the nou. See ye efter.3
- Mary: See ye efter.
- John: How are you?
- Mary: I'm well. You?
- John: I'm well, too. Thanks for asking! I got to go now. Bye.
- Mary: Bye.
1 "What like?" - similar in meaning to: "How's things?"
2 "I'm doing fine. And yourself?"
3 "I'm doing fine and all. Thanks for asking. I'm away the now. See you after"
End of lesson two
Now that lesson two is complete, you'd should also be able to have a simple conversation with anybody that speaks Scots. You can even count up to "twinty"! In the next lesson, we will discuss more advanced number material.
Lesson Three: Advanced numbers, Plurals, and Interrogatives
Here is a list of more advanced numbers; thirty1 thirty fowerty forty fifty fifty saxty sixty seiventy seventy aichty eighty hunder hundred thoosand thousand
Numbers like "ane", "twa", and "three" are cardinal numbers, and that means that they are a generalized kind of number used to denote the size of a set. That's what you've learned so far. Ordinal numbers, however are another type of number used to accommodate infinite sequences and to classify sets with certain kinds of order structures on them. In English, Cardinal numbers would be "first", "second", and "third", though most numbers have "-th" added to them. In Scots, you generally add a "-t" to the end of the word, like so.
- Scots: seicont, fowert, fift, saxt, seivent.
- English: second, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh.
Notice how "first" and "third" weren't included in that list. That's because they are irregular like in English. In Scots, "first" is "first", or sometimes "foremaist", and "third" is "thrid" or "third".
- 1: Also "thritty".
Plural is when the word becomes more than one. In English, the plural form is usually "-(e)s". In Lowland Scots, nouns usually form their plural by adding "-(e)s" to the end of a word, but some irregular plurals occur. For example; "ee"/"een" ("eye"/"eyes"), "cauf"/"caur" ("calf"/"calves"), "horse"/"horse" ("horse"/"horses"), "cou"/"kye" ("cow"/"cows"), "shae"/"shuin" ("shoe"/"shoes"). Nouns of measure and quantity unchanged in the plural. Words include, "fower fit" ("four feet"), "twa mile" ("two miles"), "five pund" ("five pounds"), "three hunderwecht" ("three hundredweight"). Regular plurals include "laifs" ("loaves"), "leafs" ("leaves"), "shelfs" ("shelves") and "wifes" ("wives"), etc.
- wha who
- whit what
- hou how
- why why
- whilk which
- whaur where
- whan when
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