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Work continues on the second edition of the Concise Scots Dictionary (CSD). We have almost completed integrating the last part of A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST), which was not published until after the first edition of CSD was compiled. After that we look forward to the very different challenges of re-editing the earlier part of the alphabet.

As for the online Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL), we have created a development version of the Scottish National Dictionary (SND), and completed an exercise to allocate part-of-speech labels to every entry for search purposes. Work is now progressing on improving the on-screen layout of SND entries, and coding the cross-references between them.

Education and Outreach

SLD staff regularly give talks or host discussions about our dictionary work, the Scots language or its history, and we have been very busy with visits to community-based groups. Input to Continuing Professional Development sessions for educationalists has continued. In September our Outreach and Education officer Elaine Webster distributed SLD materials to teachers and local authorities at the Scottish Learning Festival, where she helped at Creative Scotland's Creativity Lab project 'Molecules in Motion' stall. This showcased the work done by film maker Kevin Cameron, artist Gillian Steel and dancer Daniel Aing with Gavinburn Primary School. The youngsters explored movement through animation, art and dance, made screen prints of Scots words and edited recordings of them.


SLD was a partner, along with the Scottish Place-name Society, in the Scots Words and Place-names (SWAP) project, led by Glasgow University. Social networking media were used to gather information from the public about their use of Scots, and the project included a schools competition which attracted a wide response. The results will contribute to the National Word Collection, and SLD's Alison Grant has developed an authoritative place-names glossary to support the project.

Travels of the Scots Thesaurus

European Day of Languages discussion
We know that Scots dictionaries and thesauruses are important worldwide, and were delighted with this photograph which shows the Scots Thesaurus taking centre stage in an event hosted in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. This was organised to mark the 10th European Day of Languages, which is jointly organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union. The topic of the panel discussion was 'Many tongues, one family: achieving intercultural competence through plurilingualism.' The European Day of Languages involves millions of people in a range of activities to celebrate Europe's linguistic diversity and promote lifelong language learning. The man holding up the Scots Thesaurus is Robert Liddell, a senior member of the delegation staff, who was introducing the audience to Scots.

Thank you to Ruth Martin for sharing the photograph with us.

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