ISO 639-3: sco
||100,000 in United Kingdom (1999 B. Kay). 60,000 in Lallans, 30,000 in Doric, 10,000 in Ulster. Population total all countries: 200,000.
||Scotland except highlands; lowlands: Aberdeen to Ayrshire; Northern Ireland. Doric in northeast Scotland; Lallans in South Scotland lowlands; Ulster in Northern Ireland. Also in Ireland.
Ireland and United Kingdom
||Doric, Lallans, Ulster. Difficult intelligibility among dialects. Northern Scots on the Scottish Islands is considered by some a different language (Shetlandic or Orcadian). Lallans is main literary dialect. Ulster Scots has a development group. Scots is most similar to English and Frisian.
||Indo-European, Germanic, West, English
||1,500,000 speak it as L2. Home, community. All ages. Also use English.
||Literacy rate in L2: 97% English. Poetry. Magazines. Dictionary. NT: 1901–1984.
||SVO; prepositions; genitives, articles, adjectives, numerals before noun heads; relatives without noun heads; question word initial; 2 prefixes, 1 suffix; word order distinguishes subjects, objects, indirect objects, given and new information, topic and comment; affixes indicate genitive case of noun phrase; passives; comparatives; CVC; nontonal. Christian.
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