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Scots: The Mither Tongue
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2011
I was unsure of exactly what this book would bring me, but within a page or two, came to the realisation that this was to be no frivolous, tongue-in-cheek catalogue of urban Scotticisms.
What Billy Kay has done is to present a well-researched piece of historical analysis, charting the development of the various Scots tongues through the centuries. It is full of examples, both of Scottis and Inglis, drawn from a myriad of sources, Scots criticisms of English, English criticisms of Scots, legal documents, school reports, the effect of printers on the use of specific letters.
But the style of the prose is not that of a stuffy reference book. It is easy-going enough to allow this work to be read for pure enjoyment as well as being a source of information. Definitely one of my 'best-buys' this year!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2015
This is a remarkable work by Mr Kay. His obvious passion for his native tongue falls off every page of this wonderful piece of work. As a fellow Scot who remembers the efforts, and the inflicted corporal punishments, of the Educational Establishment of post WWII Scotland (Glasgow, in my case) to stamp out our natural way of speaking. In recent times there has been a sea change in attitudes, as Scots slowly realise what was being attempted was nothing less than Cultural and Linguistic genocide. I believe that my last sentence was, in no way, an extreme view of the efforts to make Scots a Region of the UK, rather than the Nation that it is. Well, I remember (in recent past) a miscreant in the High Court being fined for Contempt of Court for the crime of replying, Aye! when asked to plead Guilty or not. To his eternal credit he payed the fine and became a 'cause celebre' for the 'Mither Tongue'. That he, ultimately, was successful is cause for celebration. This book could find itself a recommended text for each and every Scottish schoolchild. I've re-read it and have bought a Scots Thesaurus. This man Kay could be contagious, in a most positive way.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 2009
Everybody in Scotland should have this book. The perfect start to learning about the Scots language.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2013
Billy Kay writes in a way that is informative and easy to follow. As a Scot who speaks 'English' I wanted to know my native tongue better and this book is perfect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 March 2015
This is the first edition - there is a 2nd edition available and I really wnted that so the description could have been clearer
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very good
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Excellent
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