Study shows dialect change in Lerwick
The results of a recent survey of dialect use in Lerwick were discussed at a meeting held in the Shetland capital last week.
Dr Jennifer Smith of Glasgow University who carried out the study gave details of her research to an audience of dialect activists and interested observers. The findings of the study were described by some members of the audience as "deeply depressing" since they appear to show a decline in the use of dialect among young people in particular.
However, reaction was not universally downhearted with one prominent activist making the point that efforts to support the dialect could only be successful if information about the number and status of speakers was known.
The full story can be found at http://www.shetland-news.co.uk/news_04_2009/Study%20–pessimistic-%20about%20dialect.htm
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