We should talk about languages, Scottish ones.

David Leask makes the important point that many people seem unable to talk about languages in a grown-up way.

It is as if, in an era when we barely feel the need to study any language other than English, Scots are no longer even equipped to talk about languages in any kind of remotely informed way.

David Leask: Why do so many Scots cringe when they see the language of their neighbours written down?

We should talk about languages, Scottish ones. In the last few months I keep coming across people who get angry when they see the speech of their compatriots written down. Whether it is road signs in Gaelic, or our sister paper, The National, printing articles in Scots, there is something about native languages that enrages a certain kind of unionist.

 

 

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