Wabsteid: Ngram and the ‘dialect’ debate

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Scots: language or dialect? There’s only one way to find out: FIGHT!
Frequency diagram of phrases “Scots language” vs “Scottish dialect” from Google Books’ endlessly fascinating Ngram Viewer.

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Doesn’t tell us much without the context but it does appear that the use of the word dialect in combination with Scots is remaining much the same and the use of the word language in combination with Scots has increased recently.

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