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    Royal Society of Edinburgh
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Variation in Scots

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Discussion Forum

According to the 2011 Census, around 30% of the Scottish population speak Scots and it is an integral part of the country’s culture and heritage. But, with a range of distinct regional and local variants spoken, how is the language being preserved for future generations on a local and national level? Join our panel as they discuss the structure, history and evolution of the Scots language and its contribution to Scotland’s identity and future.

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Professor Jeremy Smith FRSE, Professor of English Philology, University of Glasgow


Professor Robert McColl Millar, Professor in Linguistics and Scottish Language, University of Aberdeen
Professor Jennifer Smith, Professor of Sociolinguistics, University of Glasgow
Bruce Eunson, Scots Language Coordinator, Education Scotland
Michael Hance, Director, Scots Language Centre
Alice Heywood, Learning Officer, National Library of Scotland

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This event is organised by the British Academy and Philological Society in Partnership with the Royal Society of Edinburgh