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From: "Allan Connochie" <>
Subject: Re: What is the meaning of the term "Scot-Irish"
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2003 19:20:55 -0000
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"Nicholas Geovanis" <> wrote in message
> On Wed, 19 Mar 2003, Allan Connochie wrote:
> > "Nicholas Geovanis" <> wrote in message
> > > I have only once met a resident and native of
> > > the-island-containing-the-Republic-of-Ireland-and-Northern-Ireland who
> > > could speak the language-I-had-always-called-Gaelic. He was of Irish
> > > ancestry, not Scottish ancestry (as he made clear). After
> > > the language briefly, he informed me that the correct name for that
> > > language was "Irish".
> > The term 'Scots' refers to the language of Lowland Scotland which
> > is closely related to English and a version of this langauge called
> > Scots' is spoken in Northern Ireland.
> Is it true of 'Ulster Scots' that it preserves Scots as it was spoken at
> the time of emigration? Or has it simply evolved into a distinct dialect?
> It is said that French-Canadian, for example, similarly preserves the
> French language, well beyond the typical vocabulary additions from the
> modern English language.
To tell you the truth I'm not 100% sure as I'm not all that acquainted with
Ulster Scots speakers. I can't imagine that it's preserved the Scots at the
time of the emigration as all language changes and of course all the
emigrants didn't come from the same dialect area anyway. So I imagine that
it's developed it's own particular style. I do have a couple of additions
of the Ullans magazine [which is their version of the Lallans magazine] and
certainly the written form seems to be much closer to the Ayrshire or
Central Scots dialects than for instance the North-Eastern Doric or
> > Allan
> * Nick Geovanis
> | IT Computing Svcs
> | Northwestern Univ
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