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Thread #54646   Message #2980788
Posted By: akenaton
06-Sep-10 - 03:50 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Ploughman Lads (from Nic Jones)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ploughman Lads (from Nic Jones)
Sorry to triple post Tim, but maybe you could try reading some of the works of Lewis Grassic Gibbon, like Sunset Song, or the short stories ....Smeddum, Greenden etc......They can be found in "The speak of the Mearns".....The dialect used by Gibbon is not fully authentic, but easy for a non native to pick up

"Last week, nationalist historian Paul Henderson Scott was bemoaning the passing of Scots. He was berating English as a 'killer' language. He quotes Lewis Grassic Gibbon saying that guid Scots could wring and hold the heart, while English words were: 'Sharp and clean and true - for a while ... until they slid so smooth from your throat, you knew they could never say anything worth the saying at all."