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date: 22 September 2019

Scots 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to English Literature
Author(s):
Dinah BirchDinah Birch

A historical offshoot of the Northumbrian dialect of Anglo‐Saxon. The precise measure to which the Anglian of Lothian and the Anglo‐Danish of Yorkshire were intermediaries in its development has been disputed. Gaelic, French (Parisian as well as Norman), and Dutch elements combined to enhance the distinctiveness of Lowland speech, to which the political independence of Scotland gave national significance. Scots became the vehicle of a considerable poetic literature in ... ...

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