Ootland – on findin Gaelic and Scots

Anither richt intererestin postin on Bella, by Laura Cameron Lewis. Anent findin oor ain tungs, baith Gaelic an Scots.

So it hurt me to the core, when he said to me that us lowlanders had never spoken the Gàidhlig and that ours was the language of English. ‘Scots is a dialect of English,’ he said matter-of-factly. I bitterly disputed this, but had no learning with which to back it up. I was seventeen and he was a university student. He had a strong grasp on his home culture, mine was confused and polluted with negative associations, both twee and of class.

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