Discussion in 'Jocks & Woolybacks' started by Hawthorne Abendsen, Apr 8, 2013.
It doesn't exist.
I see no conclusive proof that lowland Scotland exists, merely patsies for the Hungarian world order.
Scotland’s Other Heritage: The forgotten legacy of Germanic Scotland
A Clip from this .pdf -- http://www.medievalists.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Scots-Language.pdf
By Carolyn Emerick
Celtic Guide, Vol.2:6 (2013)
Introduction: So much attention is placed on Scotland’s identity as a Celtic Nation, that we often overlook the other major influences that are a legitimate part of Scotland’s history and culture. It would be fair to say that Scotland is roughly half Germanic, but this part of the Scottish heritage is often downplayed while the Celtic side is discussed. Scotland’s ties to Scandinavia have been highlighted in the news media recently, especially as the country debates the possibility of independence from Britain. The country is re-evaluating its own identity, and considering historical ties to countries outside of the United Kingdom. In the May issue of Celtic Guide, we explored Orkney’s Viking heritage, and how both Orkney and Shetland were owned by Norway until they were handed over to Scotland in the 15th century. Both archipelagos spoke a Norse dialect called Norn from the time they were settled by Vikings (8th century) and even after they were handed over to Scotland, when usage of the Norn language began to erode. Use of the Norn language continued on for at least two centuries in Orkney, but was eventually replaced by the Scots language. It lingered longer in Shetland than in Orkney, however. As late as the 18th century, Shetlanders were documented speaking fluent Norn, and many Norn words are still used in regular Shetland speech today. Norn was also spoken in areas of mainland Scotland, particularly in Northeastern coastal regions, such as Caithness. Another Germanic language widely spoken in Scotland is the Scots language. In my experience, there is some misunderstanding regarding this language. Some people assume “Scots language” refers to Scottish Gaelic. It does not, as these are two completely different languages. Although there is certainly a Gaelic influence in terms of loan words assimilated into Scots, the language itself falls on the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language tree, whereas Scottish Gaelic is on the Celtic branch. Scots language descends from the same mother language that Modern English evolved from: Old English. Again, for those who haven’t studied medieval English history and literature, there may be some confusion here. Some people erroneously refer to Shakespeare’s English as “Old English”. The English used during the Elizabethan era (late 16th century), and subsequently used in the King James Bible (early 17th century), is considered by linguists to be Modern English. Look at it this way, you can read Shakespeare and the King James Bible and make sense of it. It is still our English, albeit an earlier version. If we rewind the clock backwards to Chaucer’s day (14th century) and attempt to read The Canterbury Tales, we find it a bit more difficult. The Canterbury Tales was written in Middle English. It is recognizable to a modern reader, but there are many differences and it takes a bit of background study to interpret it. Now go back further, to the age of Beowulf. The epic poem Beowulf was written in Old English, which is largely unintelligible to the modern English speaker who hasn’t studied the language.
Everyone who has posted in this thread is forgiven all past sins for your support of Scotland.
Scare up a few gold-hoarding midgets in tight plaid suits and maybe we'll talk. Maybe.
Very odd map. It shows a "Central England" which is actually known as The Midlands. "Northern England" is The North of England. "Eastern England" is actually East Anglia etc.
The Scottish Lowlands and The Borders only extend to the border with England.
Well they got Wales right.
I think you're thinking of Ireland, Rags.
Exactly! What can Scotland bring to the table? Belligerent men in skirts playing golf and welching on their side bets? You pledge allegiance neither to Rome nor rum.
Face it: Scotland will never be as entertaining as Ireland, staggering down the road at 5 am with the handkerchief still tied round his head, stopping to piss on whatever happens to be in front of him when the urge hits.
So I see you've never been to Glasgow then......
Well I suppose now that 5am snapshot is good for anywhere in the UK. The sun hath quietly set on the Empire after all; likely around the time the wogs came streaming in.
I second that emotion. Say, you wouldn't happen to have a spare bedroom available, would you?
You would probably also like this, Rags -