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Scots Words and Place-names

Scots Words and Place-names

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Funded by:  JISC

Main contact:  Professor Carole Hough

Start date:  2011

End date:  2011

Subject area:
English Language - School of Critical Studies, College of Arts

The Scots Words and Place-names (SWAP) project uses social media to investigate language use in Scotland. Traditional means of data collection, such as interviews and questionnaires, are inefficient, while results disseminated through expensive publications reach a limited audience. The problems are particularly acute for a language such as Scots, which has no standard written form and a range of regional varieties, and which until recently was accorded lower status than its close relative English.

SWAP will use integrated online community engagement methods to provide a framework for the public to access existing research into Scots, and to contribute their own local knowledge to ongoing research.

Subject areas: English language and e-science. A collaboration with NeSC.