Using it or losing it? Scots and younger speakers

Corbett, J. and Anderson, W. (2011) Using it or losing it? Scots and younger speakers. In: Kirk, J.M. and Ó Baoill, D.P. (eds.) Sustaining Minority Language Communities: Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Scotland. Series: Belfast studies in language, culture, and politics (20). Cló Ollscoil na Banríona: Belfast, UK, pp. 225-237. ISBN 9780853899761

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Abstract

This paper explores the potential role of the AHRC-funded Scottish Corpus of Texts & Speech (SCOTS) project in helping to sustain Scots language use. SCOTS is a multimedia corpus, containing 4 million words of written and spoken texts, ranging from Broad Scots to Standard Scottish English. Here we demonstrate how the integrated corpus search tools can be used to identify sub-corpora of texts, representing for example the language of parent-child interaction and the speech of university students. These sub-corpora can be investigated to reveal the typical features of particular text types and the respective roles of Scottish English and Scots in speaker interaction. The data can also be exploited in the creation of activities to encourage the production of Scots lexis, such as evaluative terms, by learners.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Anderson, Professor Wendy and Corbett, Professor John
Authors: Corbett, J., and Anderson, W.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Publisher:Cló Ollscoil na Banríona
ISBN:9780853899761

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