The chapters in this volume take as their focus aspects of three of the languages of Scotland: Scots, Scottish English, and Scottish Gaelic. They present linguistic research which has been made possible by new and developing corpora of these languages: this encompasses work on lexis and lexicogrammar, semantics, pragmatics, orthography, and punctuation. Throughout the volume, the findings of analysis are accompanied by discussion of the methodologies adopted, including issues of corpus design and representativeness, search possibilities, and the complementarity and interoperability of linguistic resources. Together, the chapters present the forefront of the research which is currently being directed towards the linguistics of the languages of Scotland, and point to an exciting future for research driven by ever more refined corpora and related language resources.
Contributors Acknowledgements Wendy Anderson: Introduction Jeremy J. Smith: Punctuation in the Letters of Archibald Campbell, Lord Ilay (1682-1761) Jennifer Bann: Legal Terminology in the Eighteenth-century Scottish University John Corbett: The Spelling Practices of Allan Ramsay and Robert Burns Marina Dossena: Ego Documents in Scottish Corpora: The Contribution of Nineteenth-century Letters and Diaries to the Study of Language History Roibeard O Maolalaigh: Corpas na Gaidhlig and Singular Nouns with the Numerals `three' to `ten' in Scottish Gaelic Christian Kay: Footprints from the Past: The Survival of Scots Kinship Terms Silke Hoeche and Arian Shahrokny-Prehn: Let's tak a guid lang luik at SCOTS: A Corpus-based Comparison of Light Verb Constructions in SCOTS and the BNC Joan Cutting: `Thingmy an aa the rest o it': Vague Language in Spoken Scottish English Wendy Anderson: `Snippets of Memory': Metaphor in the SCOTS Corpus Christine Robinson: The Use of Corpora in Lexicographical Research in Scots David Beavan: Computational Challenges, Innovations, and Future of Scottish Corpora Jean Anderson: Enroller: An Experiment in Aggregating Resources Index