David Murison is supremely well qualified to write this study of the Scots language. For thirty years he was Editor of The Scottish National Dictionary, completing the work in 1976. From 1975 until 1978 he was Reader in English Language at the University of Glasgow, and he is a frequent contributor to books and periodicals and to B.B.C. broadcasts. Many readers of The Guid Scots Tongue will recognise at once David Murison's unique 'voice'. Where and when did the Scots language start? What does it look like and sound like? How do you say it in Scots? What is left of it, and what of its future? All these questions and more the author answers, illustrating his work with quotations from the total span of Scottish literature - from Barbour to Mcllvanney. For the Scot at home and abroad, for all students of the language, The Guid Scots Tongue is essential reading.