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  • n. a dialect of English spoken in the Lowlands of Scotland


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  • Even while focusing on his "sprawling, panoramic" narrative spanning six decades, Robertson funnelled surplus energies into his other activities: poetry, publishing, short-story writing, collecting old songs, translating from French, Spanish, Gaelic? not into English but a rich, literary Scots (what used to be called Lallans).

    A life in writing: James Robertson

  • And _that_ started around 500 AD, when the Angles of the kingdom of Bernicia overran Lothian and planted the language which eventually developed into Lallans.


  • Having been brought up to think of Scots aka Lallans as just a regional dialect, it's strange but not unpleasing to see it as an official language.

    Archive 2004-09-01

  • When I started learning Ancient Greek, I was told that many native Lallans speakers take to Greek because Scots falls naturally to the Homeric hexameter in the same way that English falls naturally to the iambic pentameter. BRAW AND WITTY.

  • I hope you don't mind if I consult you about any Lallans questions that may pop into my head. THINKING FULL WELL.

  • I am from the generation that was brought up to speak the Lallans but write standard English, and a part of me admires people who can use idiomatic or non-standard phrases without self-consciousness or self-reproach. THINKING FULL WELL.

  • Much the same attends the argument about BVE/Ebonics or Lallans, a subject of this same discussion elsewhere recently. BLACK ENGLISH.

  • According to a comment by Annie of the very nice Catalogue Blog, this is a common Lallans usage in the West Coast of Scotland; the nearest approximation I could give in standard English would be 'I believe almost to the point of certainty.' THINKING FULL WELL.

  • Even "Lallans" is simply a northern English dialect, no more Scottish in origin than jute or claret. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • The actor Bill Paterson described him as "the last link with that generation who could reproduce and really understand the Lallans: his death marks the end of an era."

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