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Scots: The Mither Tongue Hardcover – January 1, 1986

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; 1St Edition edition (1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851580336
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851580330
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,960,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* One of the best 100 Scottish books ever written... if I had my way there would be copies of these books in every home in the land' - Alan Taylor, Scotland on Sunday * 'The Scots tongue, like most of the world's minority languages, is under pressure and Billy Kay in this excellent and cognent survey draws together the strands of our concern' - Daily Express * 'Kay is the best writer on his own language I have read since Burchfield on English; and his book shouldbe put in schools for it is capably seditious - The Herald * 'Moving, delightful, even inspiring - Edinburgh Review" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Billy Kay is the author of Knee Deep In Claret: A Celebration of Wine and Scotland (0952362619) and editor of The Dundee Book: An Anthology of Living in the City (1851587950) and The Complete Odyssey: Voices from Scotland's Recent Past (0748661751). He lives in Fife. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AnneJoyce on December 29, 2011
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This is a great book for Scots, their descendants, or anyone who has visited Scotland and wondered why there are so many different "languages". As always, Billy Kay does an incredible job, comparing and contrasting the dialects by geographical regions. He does not omit the finer differences within these regions, e.g. within a 50 mile radius of Glasgow there are numerous variations, each having quite different words for the same subject. He tells of people who feel that speaking Scots is wrong, many believe it is slang. Depending on the geographical area, the dialect can be musical and a delight to the ear, others may sound coarse and grating. This is a book that should be passed around to spread the word.
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