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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:06 pm 
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Today I was listening to "Man's A Man" (R. Burns) Is Scots considered an independent language or a colloquial form of English? From the song I'm thinking of words like "birkie" and "coof."

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Michael w6 wrote:
Today I was listening to "Man's A Man" (R. Burns) Is Scots considered an independent language or a colloquial form of English? From the song I'm thinking of words like "birkie" and "coof."

It's absolutely an independent language with common roots and not a colloquial form of anything. But understanding of that situation's complicated by it not being widely spoken in a full form these days (indeed generations of Scots speakers had it battered out of them at school on the assumption that it was just a lower, more colloquial form) and a range of Scots words typically still being used by Scots speakers of English.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_Scots

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Thanks. I suspect the development of any language is complex and certainly language changes over time. Consider reading "Hamlet" English certainly but of a near impenetrable morass of archaic words and convoluted sentence structure. Even within a generation usage and meaning change. Consider "wicked" "gay" and "bad."

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