A collective voice for literature and languages in Scotland

Christmas card designed for SLD by Aileymill Primary

Christmas card designed for SLD by Aileymill Primary

Library outreach visit

Library outreach visit

Scottish Language Dictionaries

Scottish Language Dictionaries is the nation’s resource for the Scots language. We research Scots texts from all periods of history, and record and analyse the language as it is spoken and written throughout Scotland today.  From this research, we compile and maintain authoritative dictionaries of Scots.  Our work builds on the original major historical dictionaries of Scots, A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue and the Scottish National Dictionary.  These are available free online as the Dictionary of the Scots Language at www.dsl.ac.uk.  This has recently been re-launched. Work on completing the new edition of the scholarly Concise Scots Dictionary is at an advanced stage and the handy Essential Scots Dictionary is still popular with schools.  To support growing educational interest in Scots language, we have recently launched a free ‘Scots Dictionary for Schools’ app.  We work collaboratively with community groups interested in our work and in Scots generally.  We value partnership working with a range of literary and language organisations.  Our main website is www.scotsdictionaries.org.uk and this has details about our word collection projects.  We have enjoyed working across geographical areas and with all ages.  Our Scuilwab website is at www.scuilwab.org.uk.

Read J. K. Annand’s poem ‘Street Talk’ from his A Wale o Rhymes (Macdonald Publishers, 1989)

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