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Variation in Scots

Events • Modern languages • Panel Discussion

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This event is part of the British Academy's season on Identities & Belonging

According to the 2011 Census, around 30% of the Scottish population speak Scots and it is an integral part of the country’s culture and heritage. But, with a range of distinct regional and local variants spoken, how is the language being preserved for future generations on a local and national level? Join our panel as they discuss the structure, history and evolution of the Scots language and its contribution to Scotland’s identity and future.

Bruce Eunson, Scots Language Coordinator, Education Scotland
Michael Hance,
Director, Scots Language Centre
Alice Heywood,
Learning Officer, National Library of Scotland
Professor Robert McColl Millar, Professor in Linguistics and Scottish Language, University of Aberdeen
Professor Jennifer Smith, Professor of Sociolinguistics, University of Glasgow

Professor Jeremy Smith FRSE, Professor of English Philology, University of Glasgow

Organised in partnership with the Philological Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh:

Free, booking required

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