English dialect expert declares Scots a language

Prof Peter Trudgill is a hugely authoritative English language scholar, one of the leading experts on the dialects of English. He writes,

“The indigenous languages of Britain are English, Scots, Welsh, and Scottish Gaelic…Of the non-English UK languages, Scots has the largest number of speakers, with 1.5 million”.

So, a globally respected specialist in English dialectology does not consider Scots a dialect of English. Can we just move on now?

The Swiss secret that could keep Britain together

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