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The origins of Scots

Researchers from the Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics explore the origins and earliest developments of the Scots language

Linguistics researchers at Edinburgh are working to better understand Scots’ unique position and features, and also help people engage with it and celebrate its importance.

These videos explore the early history of the language. They disentangle its relationships with other languages and language groups such as English, Celtic, French and Norse:

In the past, many people have viewed Scots as a “bad” version of English rather than a language with its own unique history and rich cultural heritage.

The videos are part of a research project “From Inglis to Scots: Mapping Sounds to Spellings”. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and hosted by the Angus McIntosh Centre.

More information

Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics

Related study programme

MSc English Language at the University of Edinburgh

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