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Partnerships, knowledge exchange and networking

In March, Alison Grant and Ann Ferguson attended the fourth international Symposium on Approaches to English Historical Lexicography and Lexicology (OX-LEX4) and presented a paper on the development of the Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL). The conference was attended by delegates from all over the world, representing various lexicographical projects, many of which had parallels with SLD's work. These included developing an online resource from a printed dictionary, along with all the issues that such an endeavour entails; also there were informative sessions on other dictionaries of minority languages.

SLD's outreach and education officer Elaine Webster is delighted to contribute to TRAC (Traditional Arts and Culture) Scotland meetings and support developments as it gives opportunities to raise awareness of SLD's work and to share enthusiasm for Scots language. You may have heard about the recent Tradfest Edinburgh Dùn Èideann which celebrated music, dance, art, film and storytelling as well as the languages of Scotland. Details about the work of TRAC Scotland are available here.

Elaine Webster attended Stirling University's REAL (Recognition for Adult Educators) conference which focused on adult education and the REAL toolkit. This helps educators and learners to evaluate prior learning. Dr. Sarah Galloway from Stirling University and Jackie Howie from Learning Link Scotland gave an overview of the REAL project. European project partners from the University of Tallinn, the Romanian Institute of Adult Education and the University of Limerick shared their experiences and perspectives.

Our main lexicographical focus at the moment is on the second edition of The Concise Scots Dictionary – work continues apace on completing the editing stage, prior to publication next year. We are very grateful to the Strathmartine Trust for a contribution towards the pre-publication costs. As ever, we are grateful to the Scottish Government, who provide our core funding.

We are always keen to develop our international links. University libraries have been particularly interested in receiving updates about the improved functionality of DSL. It was lovely to get encouraging responses about it from New York University Library, the University of Michigan, Chicago University Library and Berlin University. A variety of groups such as New Zealand's New Edinburgh Folk Group and the St Andrew's Society of Detroit are interested in our resources and expertise and regularly receive our newsletter. Please let us know of any groups nationally or internationally who would like to hear more about us by signing up for our newsletter.