A History of the Scots Language (Paperback)

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This book provides a thorough yet approachable history of the Scots language, a close relative of Standard English with around 1.5 million speakers in Scotland and several thousand in Ireland, according to the 2011 census. Despite the long history of Scots as a language of high literature, it has been somewhat neglected and has often been treated as a dialect of Standard English. In this book, Robert McColl Millar explores both sociolinguistic and structural developments in the history of Scots, bringing together these two threads of analysis to offer a better understanding of linguistic change. The first half of the book tracks the development of Scots from its beginnings to the modern period, while chapters in the second half offer detailed descriptions of Scots historical phonology and morphosyntax, and of the historical development of Scots lexis. A History of the Scots Language will be a valuable resource for undergraduate and graduate students of the modern and historical Scots language, but will also be of interest to those studying the history of English and other Germanic languages.

About the Author

Robert McColl Millar, Professor in Linguistics and Scots Language, University of Aberdeen Robert McColl Millar is Professor in Linguistics and Scots Language at the University of Aberdeen. His particular interests lie in the present use and history of Scots, in social dialectology and in the effects of language contact. His books include Northern and Insular Scots (Edinburgh University Press, 2007), Modern Scots: An Analytical Survey (Edinburgh University Press, 2018) and A Sociolinguistic History of Scotland (Edinburgh University Press, 2020).

Product Details
ISBN: 9780198864004
ISBN-10: 0198864000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: December 15th, 2023
Pages: 208
Language: English