LINGUIST List 31.3583

Fri Nov 20 2020

Books: A Sociolinguistic History of Scotland: McColl Millar

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Date: 16-Nov-2020
From: Anna Glazier <Anna.Glaziereup.ed.ac.uk>
Subject: A Sociolinguistic History of Scotland: McColl Millar
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Title: A Sociolinguistic History of Scotland
Published: 2020
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
                www.edinburghuniversitypress.com

Book URL: https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-a-sociolinguistic-history-of-scotland.html

Author: Robert McColl Millar
Electronic: ISBN: 9781474448574 Pages: 260 Price: U.K. £ 75
Electronic: ISBN: 9781474448567 Pages: 260 Price: U.K. £ 75
Hardback: ISBN: 9781474448543 Pages: 260 Price: U.K. £ 75
Abstract:

The first sociolinguistic history of all languages spoken in Scotland

*Presents a history which includes analyses from across the country including coverage of Gaelic, Scots, Pictish, British, Norn, Immigrant languages and Scottish Standard English

*Includes four case studies dealing with the birth of a dialect or variety: North East Scots, Scottish Standard English, Shetland Scots and Glasgow Scots

*Appeals across specialisms, clearly explaining sociolinguistic terminology and requiring no knowledge of Scottish language other than Standard English

Robert McColl Millar examines how language has been used in Scotland since the earliest times. While primarily focusing on the histories of the speakers of Scots and Gaelic, and their competition with the encroaching use of (Scottish) Standard English, he also traces the decline and eventual ‘death’ of Pictish, British and Norn. Four case studies illustrate the historical development of North East Scots, Scottish Standard English, Shetland Scots and Glasgow Scots. Immigrant languages are also discussed throughout the book.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Language Documentation
                            Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Scots (sco)

Written In: English (eng)

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