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SLD News - 10 years old!

10th Anniversary

We are celebrating the tenth anniversary of Scottish Language Dictionaries this year, and plans are underway to mark this special occasion. It is hoped that these events will celebrate on-going interest as well as generating new support for all aspects of our work. To help us to promote anniversary events we recently launched an appeal for a 'seed-corn' fund, and we have had a generous response from our members. Our president Margaret Mackay would like to thank all those who have responded so generously. If you would like to support SLD in this special year, you could become a member, sponsor a word or simply send us a donation even a small amount can make a difference.

Anniversary events

To date, several very different events have been placed in the diary. In late May we will be hosting a celebratory reception in the historic town of Linlithgow [this event has now taken place - read an account of it here] and throughout the year there will be SLD exhibitions at various venues, including the beautiful Chapel Royal in Stirling Castle, the iconic Scottish Parliament building, and local libraries. Elaine Webster is also to run a workshop for 5-10 year-olds in the Edinburgh Book Festival in August. Details of events will be posted on this website as they are confirmed.

Birthday card challenge

A 10th Birthday Card Challenge was set on the Scuilwab to collect cards from schools all over Scotland, and youngsters were encouraged to include some local words. A selection of the cards we have received will be displayed at our anniversary events, and there is a slide show of some of them on the Scuilwab at www.scuilwab.org.uk.

These lovely birthday cards came from youngsters and their teachers in a primary school in Falkirk:

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First year pupils at Berwickshire High School in the Borders have entered into the swing of things too:
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Ongoing lexicographical work

Our core work is always our priority and the meticulous work on second edition of the Concise Scots Dictionary continues with good progress made. As for the online Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL) at www.dsl.ac.uk, work is progressing on both the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST) and Scottish National Dictionary (SND) sections.

Education and Outreach

SLD staff regularly visit schools, writers' groups and community groups to discuss Scots in literature and as a community language, and Elaine Webster, our Education and Outreach Officer, has been very busy with recent visits. SLD's work is highly regarded and we thank all the groups for their warm welcome and lively question and answer sessions. Elaine Webster was delighted to be invited to contribute to the national Continuing Professional Development sessions organised by Education Scotland. She has run a workshop at the bigger events, and contributed to on-going discussions and talked about the Scuilwab and the work of SLD at events in Glasgow, Stirling, Edinburgh, Ayr and Aberdeen.

Conferences and meetings

SLD staff have enjoyed disseminating information about their work at various meetings and conferences. Elaine Webster attended Education Scotland's Studying Scotland website launch. This will provide schools with a range of information to support their work with classes. More material will be added to this site as it evolves.

The new Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS) group was launched at The Scottish Storytelling Centre. TRACS brings together musicians, storytellers, singers and dancers from all over Scotland. The languages of Scotland permeate all these activities and they value their links with Scottish Language Dictionaries. Elaine Webster is running a workshop along with Tim Porteous entitled 'Celebrate Scots Language' in November at the Scottish Storytelling Centre; contact gica@scottishstorytellingcentre.com for more details.

Sponsor a word

We are keen to promote our 'sponsor a Scots word' scheme and we are delighted that schools have recently sponsored the words bahookie and ken. If you would like to sponsor a word or gift a word sponsorship to a friend to help fund work on the new edition of the Concise Scots Dictionary, you can download a form from our website.