Lowland Scots language
|(Braid) Scots, Lallans|
|Native to||United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland|
|Region||Scotland: Scottish Lowlands, Northern Isles, Caithness, Arran and Campbeltown
Ulster: Counties Down, Antrim, Londonderry and Donegal
|Native speakers||100,000 (1999)
1.5 million L2 speakers
Total: 17% to 85% of the Scottish population speak it to some degree
|Official language in||None
— Classified as a "traditional language" by the Scottish Government.
— Classified as a "regional or minority language" under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, ratified by the United Kingdom in 2001.
— Classified as a "traditional language" by Tha Noarth/Sooth Boord o Leid.
|Recognised minority language in|| Scotland
|Regulated by||— Scotland: None, although the Dictionary of the Scots Language carries great authority and the Scottish Government's Partnership for a Better Scotland coalition agreement (2003) promises "support"..
— Ireland: None, although the cross-border Boord o Ulstèr-Scotch, established as a result of the Guid Friday Greeance, promotes usage.
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Lowland Scots, sometimes called simply Scots or sometimes Lallans, is spoken in some parts of Scotland, mainly in the south and east, and Ulster in the north of Ireland. Some people consider Scots to be a language and some consider it to be a form of English. It should not be confused with the Scottish Gaelic language, which is a Celtic language.
Scots differs from standard English in vocabulary and grammar, and it is not the same as English with a Scottish accent. Activists for Scots have pressured the government of the United Kingdom to recognise it as a regional language of the United Kingdom.
- Lowland Scots language at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009) (The figure of 200,000 is an error, from the total being listed in two countries.)
- [Iain Máté] (1996) Scots Language. A Report on the Scots Language Research carried out by the General Register Office for Scotland in 1996, Edinburgh: General Register Office (Scotland).
- The Scottish Government. "Public Attitudes Towards the Scots Language". http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2010/01/06105123/0. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
- Grant, William (1931) Scottish National Dictionary
- Gregg R.J. (1972) The Scotch-Irish Dialect Boundaries in Ulster in Wakelin M.F., Patterns in the Folk Speech of The British Isles, London
|This language has its own Wikipedia project. See the Lowland Scots language edition.|
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