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GUEST,Allan Con Folklore: Is Scots a Language or a Dialect? (129* d) RE: BS: Is Scots a Language or a Dialect? 12 Aug 10


"No, not really. Galicia is in Spain, but that doesn't make Galician a dialect of Spanish, in my opinion. It's actually much more like Portuguese."

I think it is quite common for there to be language conituums. SO yos I can imagine you can have what are called dialects of Spanish which are far closer to neighbouring dialects of Portuguese than they are to say the Spanish spoken elsewhere and vicer-versa. That is not a linguistic issue as much as a political and cultural one. One side of the border it is called this and the other side it is called that. Likewise with Scots. When it was the fully fledged language of the Scottish Court it was generally regarded as a seperate language; then when the Court moved to London and became anglicised and especially after the political union the elite within Scotland started to speak standard English hence Scots was demoted and regarded as uncouth incorrect English; then in modern times it is again regarded as a language in its own right. Though some people still have an issue with that. In Spain the Catalans used to be told to speak the language of Christians but now at least in Catalonia itself the language has gone through a normalisation process - in Scotland many Scots speaking children used to be told to 'speak properly' and Scots still hasn't gone through any kind of normalisation. You don't tend to hear it in the media and many people tend not to use it so much in serious work situations etc.


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