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Dialect

Shetland

When using English, we say 'Shetland dialect' or just 'the dialect'. 'Shetlandic' is an English name used when writing in English read more

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Orkney

The term Orcadian is sometimes used in English but the dialect is known as Orkney in Scots.Today's Orkney dialect, like that of Shetland, is pervaded with Norse words and turns of speech. Orkney dialect differs from read more

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Caithness

The dialect is generally known as Caitnes ('Kate-niss') which is the local form of the county name in Scots.Although Caithness (Caitnes) faces towards Orkney, it forms part of another, read more

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North East

The dialect of the North East forms part of the wider Northern Scots dialect, but to many of its speakers it is known as The Doric in recognition of its strong association with the farming communities read more

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East Angus and Kincardine

People here have traditionally called their dialect Scots or Scotch, but if you live in the northern part of the region you might say you speak Mearns, while those who are in the s read more

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East Central South

The dialect is known as East Central South to distinguish it from the related dialect further north. Speakers call their dialect Scots or Scotch  read more

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South Central

Scots has been spoken here since the Middle Ages. The dialect is known as South Central Scots, because it is closely related to the other dialects of Central area. 
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West Central

This dialect covers a large area known as West Central Scots, though speakers usually call their dialect Scots or Scotch which are the traditional names for the language. With read more

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East Central North

The dialect of this region has long been called either Scots (the traditional name) or Scotch. In the city of Dundee, which is on the edge of this region...   read more

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Borders Scots

Borders Scots (Southern Scots) is spoken through a region that covers the greater part of the Borders read more