Resource: Scots-English: Dictionar o the Scots Leid
Thread poster: steafan
steafan
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Russian to English
Mar 28, 2004

The following may be of use for those with queries regarding the Scots language.

Thanks to work done at the University of Dundee, you can now find an online version of the excellent Dictionaries of both Older and Modern Scots, covering a period from the year 1200 until 1976 (fairly comprehensive, I think you'll agree!). The dictionaries provide a translation into English. The labour of love which created the printed form of the dictionaries took almost 100 years; the online version was launched last week. It perhaps doesn’t provide everything needed for a translation from modern urban Scots (e.g. the book or the film “Trainspotting”), but covers rather a lot all the same.

John Simpson, chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), is quoted as follows: "Both dictionaries are essential resources for scholars of the language, history, and culture of Scotland……” He joked: "With online publication of so many vital resources, lexicographers will no longer need to have certificates in weightlifting."
The website for the dictionary is:

http://www.dsl.ac.uk/dsl/index.html

Some background to the story can be found at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/3565117.stm

As Scots, both in its standard literary form and in its modern urban version, is arguably the most impenetrable (so-called) dialect of Modern English, this online resource might prove quite useful for translators of literary, historical or sociological texts.

Personal opinion: Scots, both standard literary and (even) modern urban, is no more a dialect of English than Occitan is of Modern French.

Finally, to mark this new dictionary, I propose this traditional, slightly cringeworthy, but tongue-in-cheek Scotish toast:

Here’s tae us – wha’s like us?
Guy few – they’re a’ deid!


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