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Re: Gaelic in Dumbarton area

Posted: 2010-02-09, 0:39
by Quevenois
Gaelic however has been spoken in Dunbarton for ages, and the name is indeed Gaelic to begin with, from Dùn Breatainn.


The element "dun-" existed in "pre-historical Celtic" (it's common in France, for instance, in placenames that derive from Gaulish), so it's not sure it's Gaelic rather than some "older" language.

Re: Gaelic in Dumbarton area

Posted: 2010-02-09, 22:13
by Ken77
Thanks you to everyone who has responded,i really appreciate it.That's very inetresting,that there could be a Welsh or French connection,i thought it was just a case of Gaelic or not Gaelic,but it seems it's not as black & white as that.I'm still not really sure what the conclusive answer is though,but thanks again to everyone who replied.Kenny.

P.S I'm sorry i thought the Scots forum was the Gaelic one too.I see though that there's a seperate Gaelic one,i might put my question on that.

Re: Gaelic in Dumbarton area

Posted: 2010-02-10, 0:26
by Quevenois
That's very inetresting,that there could be a Welsh or French connection,i thought it was just a case of Gaelic or not Gaelic,


There's no Welsh or French connection, just a language close to the ancestor of Welsh. The "dun-" element did exist in Gaulish but it did exist in all the antique Celtic languages, probably. No relation to French, France didn't exist at that time, nor French.

Pronouciation of the name Rankeillor

Posted: 2010-02-24, 9:04
by KatiaB
hello,
I'm translating a book which takes place in Edinburgh, and I'm having trouble transcripting the street name Rankeillor.
I would be grateful for your help!
Thanks in advance,
Katia

Deep peace translaction to scottish gaelic

Posted: 2010-08-07, 14:17
by sanhathaway
Hello, I'm looking for the Scottish Gaelic translation for this poem. I have only found the Irish Gaelic translation. If anyone can help it would be greatly appriciated. Thank you Sandra

Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the gentle night to you
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you
Deep peace of Christ the light of the world to you
Deep peace of Christ to you

Re: Small Scots Wordlist, with norse/germanic+English

Posted: 2010-11-11, 15:00
by Aleco
Scots - Norwegian - English (of Scots word) - English (of Norwegian word)

keek - kikke - look - look
ken - kjenne - know - know (a person)
dook - dukke - bathe/duck - duck/go underwater
plouk - plukke - pimple/spot - pick (v)/almost nothing (n)
puggled - ???
crabbit - ???
howff - hoff - haunt/meeting-place - a monarch's personal subjects (Norse: farm)
glieket - glikke - stupid/gormless - turn out the wrong way (v) / smt tech. coming to a standstill
muckle - mykje (Norse: mykill) - great/big - much/a lot
guff - guffe - crap or unpleasant smell - gross, often thick liquid
ben - ???
hoot - hore - whore - whore
midden - ???
naebuddy - ???
radge - rase - mad - to be furious / to fall apart
baffies - ???
hae - ha - have - have
napper - nappe/neppe - head - put together / to jerk
nicht - natt - night - night
feert - fælt - afraid - horrible
blaw - blåse - blow - blow
peenie - ???
gan - gå (Norse: ganga) - go - walk
een - øyne - eyes - eyes
dee - dø (Norse: dey(ja)) - die - die
erse - ???
foosty - ???
baith - både - both - both
craw - kråke - crow - crow
brae - brå - road on hill - sudden / steep
sook - suge - suck - suck
doon - ???
breeks - bukser - pants - pants
wifie - viv - (aging) woman - old wife (arch)
heid - ???
poke - pose - bag - (plastic, paper) bag
drookit - drukken - soaked - drunk / soaked (arch) (drukne = drown)
dicht - ???
heifer - fe - cow/big woman - cow/idiot
jobie - ???
bogie - buse - snot - firm snot
bairn - barn - child - child
braw - bra - fine - fine/great/good
kirk - kirke - church - church
seek - sjuk - sick - sick

Re: Basic Scots that you need to know!

Posted: 2011-02-08, 11:06
by Gibbermeister
I'm from Lanarkshire, south-west Scotland. My first language is also Scots, although I speak a number of others too. Anyway, many years ago I worked with a 'loon' from Buchan (NE Scotland) and I swear it took me a month just to manage to understand HALF of what he was saying.

The thing about Scots is the archaic features it preserves.

Many of its vowel sounds are the same or similar to Middle English sounds. English has evolved away from Scots in that respect.

It has also absorbed a far higher proportion of Scandinavian loans - I took Scandinavian dictionaries once and found a whole host of my dialect words in them. (Brambles, tae sconse, tae scad, shirikin and the like.)

Then there's the higher frequency of continuous tenses under Gaelic influence.

I think Scots' greatest word though is 'scunnert'. :wink:

Re: Is anybody here actually a NATIVE speaker of Scots?

Posted: 2011-06-06, 11:31
by Gaelg
Ah um :D wee bit late tae post bit still =D

Re: Scots, is it a language or dialect?

Posted: 2011-06-06, 11:47
by Gaelg
I know this thread is outdated but hey :D

The Scottish Government considers Lallands (central) and Doric (North-East) to be regional languages, and they are even considering putting up to 60 Scoats speakers into classrooms to help encourage the use of Scoats.

I personally think it's a dialect now, in the past definitely a language, but you only really see Glaswegians, and some Aberdonians with the strong proper accents and who use proper scots words rather than english words. I come from quite a Scots speaking area, but people here classify it as "ned speak" or "slang" something undeseriable. I think this is a common attitude in Scotland that needs to change.

I welcome the Scottish Governments attempts to bring Scots into the media, classroom and even into exam papers but unless they start teaching it without heavy influence from english, it's going to continue to become closer and closer to English. I think as well the decline of Scottish words is due to the fact many parents teach their children that "cannae, dinnae, wulnae, huvnae" are unacceptable and you must say "cannot, do not etc".

Anyhoo, a'v goat tae go fur the messages noo :)

Translate in Scottish Gaelic

Posted: 2011-09-13, 21:59
by Scottishkate
I am getting a tattoo and wanted to have it translated into Scottish Gaelic

"half of a whole. Forever one soul."

Re: Translate in Scottish Gaelic

Posted: 2011-09-13, 22:04
by linguoboy
Then perhaps you should post a request in the Scottish Gaelic forum. This is the forum for Scots, the Germanic language which originated in the Scottish Lowlands.

Re: Scots, is it a language or dialect?

Posted: 2012-01-01, 17:13
by Ciarán12
Linguistic diversity, whether you call it language or dialect variation, is an amazing phenomenon and if by calling it a language you can get people to take it more seriously, then you should.

Standardised Spelling?

Posted: 2012-01-03, 20:53
by Ciarán12
I was just curious, does Scots have a standardized spelling system? I have sometimes seen the same word spelled differently (in the same text, presumably by the same author). Or at least, I think it was the same word. From the context (something which I have to use a lot when reading Scots as I don't actually speak it) it seemed to be the same word. I wish I could give an example now of the kind of thing I mean. Anyway, just wondering.

Re: Standardised Spelling?

Posted: 2012-02-10, 16:37
by DelBoy
As far as I know, no there isn't.
What's more, I don't think there is even a standardised version of spoken Scots - it's different from place to place.

Re: Basic Scots that you need to know!

Posted: 2012-03-16, 18:30
by Midnight
Nice. Is it possible to learn Scots if I'm not living around the area? :) I would like to know some more, but there are not too many native speakers and I don't know of any resources.

Re: Scots

Posted: 2013-02-05, 10:43
by Lauren
My love for Scots is back. :mrgreen: I really need to learn it. If anyone has an interest in Scots, particularly the Doric dialect, I have a lot of resources for it, so contact me. :)

Re: Scots

Posted: 2013-02-06, 6:10
by Lauren
Here's an awesome song in Doric Scots:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gLC4h0_C1Q

Es one's gaen oot tae all ma hameloons! :mrgreen: Scots is so adorable.

Be sure to check out his other songs!

Re: Scots

Posted: 2013-02-11, 22:22
by johnklepac
I've never had much of a desire to learn Scots due to its sheer proximity to English. I wouldn't know how impressive I should rank mastering it as an accomplishment.

Re: Scots

Posted: 2013-03-05, 23:40
by Lewis91
I realise this was posted a while ago, but I thought I would try and fill in the gaps anyway.
Aleco wrote:Scots - Norwegian - English (of Scots word) - English (of Norwegian word)

keek - kikke - look - look
ken - kjenne - know - know (a person)
dook - dukke - bathe/duck - duck/go underwater
plouk - plukke - pimple/spot - pick (v)/almost nothing (n)
puggled - ???
crabbit - ???grumpy/cantankerous
howff - hoff - haunt/meeting-place - a monarch's personal subjects (Norse: farm)
glieket - glikke - stupid/gormless - turn out the wrong way (v) / smt tech. coming to a standstill
muckle - mykje (Norse: mykill) - great/big - much/a lot
guff - guffe - crap or unpleasant smell - gross, often thick liquid ( also means 'to fart' or you can say that someone is speaking 'a load o' guff')
ben - ??? hill
hoor - hore - whore - whore
midden - ??? don't relly know how to explain this one, just know you'd say 'ye derty midden'
naebuddynaeb'die - ??? nobody
radge - rase - mad - to be furious / to fall apart
baffies - ??? slippers!
hae - ha - have - have
napper - nappe/neppe - head - put together / to jerk
nicht - natt - night - night
feert - fælt - afraid - horrible
blaw - blåse - blow - blow
peenie - ???
gan - gå (Norse: ganga) - go - walk
een - øyne - eyes - eyes
dee - dø (Norse: dey(ja)) - die - die
erse - ???Irish language or 'arse'
foosty - ???rank/rotten
baith - både - both - both
craw - kråke - crow - crow
brae - brå - road on hill - sudden / steep
sook - suge - suck - suck
doon - ???down
breeks - bukser - pants - pants
wifie - viv - (aging) woman - old wife (arch)
heid - ???head
poke - pose - bag - (plastic, paper) bag
drookit - drukken - soaked - drunk / soaked (arch) (drukne = drown)
dicht - ???
heifer - fe - cow/big woman - cow/idiot
jobie - ??? poo
bogie - buse - snot - firm snot
bairn - barn - child - child
braw - bra - fine - fine/great/good
kirk - kirke - church - church
seek - sjuk - sick - sick

Re: Scots

Posted: 2013-03-06, 0:12
by Lewis91
Am I the speaker of a distinct language or just a dialect of English? What do you all think?

http://www.scotslanguage.com/articles/view/2294

How much of this Peter kinnen extract can you understand?