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Scottish Language Dictionaries are delighted to announce that the Scottish Government are continuing to provide our core funding. This will enable us to maintain our lexicographical and outreach work.

Ongoing lexicographical work

Work continues on the second edition of the Concise Scots Dictionary, and on the development version of DSL (the online Dictionary of the Scots Language). A quotation search facility has now been added to our test version, which will enable people to look for words appearing in the nearly 600,000 quotations in A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue. In addition, we are adding hyperlinks to the abbreviated author/title details that appear in the entries, so that you will be able to click to see full details of the cited work.

The National Word Collection

The National Word Collection is SLD’s ongoing record of spoken and written Scots, compiled from information gathered through two major programmes, the Reading Scheme and the Oral Collection Scheme. The Collection now contains more than 62,800 keywords supported by 40,391 quotations.

Education and Outreach

The Scuilwab

The updated Scuilwab was re-launched successfully at Carrick Knowe Primary School in Edinburgh. Visitors could talk to pupils about using the site and the children shared some of their current writing in Scots. BBC Scotland interviewed the children and our Director Dr. Chris Robinson, who spoke about the importance of Scots and the Scots question on the 2011 census form.

SWAP Project

SLD is participating in the Scots Words and Place-names project (SWAP) which is based at the University of Glasgow and also involves the Scottish Place-Name Society. The aim is to use social media to investigate language use in Scotland, and enable the public to contribute their own local knowledge to ongoing Scots language research.

People will be encouraged to discuss the Scots words that they use and hear around them, and comment on Scots terms in place-names, whether these are 'official' names found on maps, or 'unofficial' ones known only to the local community. Sometimes place-names are the only evidence for older Scots language forms. There will also be a schools competition – children of all ages will submit pieces of writing in or about Scots.

The SWAP website will launch on 21st June, and you can read about the academic basis of the project here.

General Teaching Council Professional Recognition Awards

Congratulations to Elaine Webster, our Education and Outreach Officer, who was one of twelve teachers to receive a Professional Recognition Award for Scots Language, which was presented at a ceremony at the Scottish Parliament in February.

Supporting SLD

You might like to support our work by sponsoring a word, either for yourself or as a gift. You can download a form from our main website www.scotsdictionaries.org.uk.

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