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A properly researched work!
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!