Cyberscots – Scots language in the age of the internet

Michael Dempster – Cyberscots – Scots language in the age of the internet

Scots, the Germanic language closest to English, had remained largely an oral language until the dawn of the internet. With the ability to publish in their o…

Michael Dempster speaking at the Edinburgh Language Event back in February /March. “Scots had remained largely an oral language until the dawn of the internet. With the ability to publish in their own hands Scots speakers, singers, and scholars began to communicate on usenet and put up wabsteids on the Warld Wide Wab from its inception. With the growth of web forums, wikis, and subsequently social media and smartphone apps, reading and writing the language has become a daily practice in the lives of speakers world-wide for the first time in a long time… Most speakers are approaching writing Scots with little or no education in their spoken language, what are the consequences of this online phenomenon linguistically and where may this take the language in the future?”

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