‘for ye vrangus haldyn of thre bollis of beire fra hyre’: Nominal plurals in south-western Middle Scots

Bugaj, J. (2004) ‘for ye vrangus haldyn of thre bollis of beire fra hyre’: Nominal plurals in south-western Middle Scots. Linguistica e Filologia, 19, pp. 53-74.

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Abstract

This paper presents an analysis of plurality markers in the first extant text from the South-West of Scotland, the Wigtown Burgh Court Book (1512-1534). The inflectional endings for the plural are often included among the Middle Scots diagnostic features so it is quite important to establish what form they had in particular areas. The paper begins with an outline of the Middle Scots dialectal divisions. Next, the geographical position of Galloway is taken into consideration, with special attention paid to the alleged persistence of Gaelic and the possibility of including this region into the map of the sixteenth-century Scots dialects. Then, the presentation concentrates on the Linguistic Profile of Wigtownshire in LALME which was compiled using the same source of textual material as the present paper. The research shows that the profile in the atlas should be revised in terms of the {S}-morpheme markers to acknowledge the prevalence of the Scots marking in <-is/-ys>. The feature <-us>, given by the atlas but non-existent as a morphological marker in the textual material, should be removed from the profile.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kopaczyk, Dr Joanna
Authors: Bugaj, J.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Journal Name:Linguistica e Filologia
Publisher:Universita degli Studi di Bergamo
ISSN:1594-6517
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2004 The Authors
First Published:First published in Linguistica e Filologia 19:53-74
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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