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An Introduction to Braid Scots

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A short vocabulary of Braid Scots, the language of the ordinary people of Scotland, as illustrated especially by their folk songs. Includes a brief introduction, a vocabulary of about a thousand words, a selection of folk songs as examples of Scots usage, a brief history of Scottish, and an index.

Robert B. Waltz

Just about what it says in the title: A vocabulary of Braid Scots, particularly as found in Scottish folk songs. It also contains a brief history of the language, with some representative samples of the "Scottis" language over time, showing how it evolved. The project began when, quite by accident, I found myself with three copies of a particular book of Scottish folk songs. Even if I needed one spare copy, I certainly didn't need two! So I gave one away to a young folk musician -- who couldn't understand it. So I set out to make a glossary. And, having made it, I realized that it might be of use to others. It certainly isn't intended as a true anthology of Scottish vernacular literature. Nor is it the best Scottish dictionary available. But it is free -- and it has a particular emphasis on folk songs that isn't found elsewhere and might make it more useful in that special context.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert B. Waltz

Robert B. Waltz, BA, Physics and Mathematics, Hamline University, 1985. Editor, The Traditional Ballad Index. Editor, The Minnesota Heritage Songbook (Minnesota Sesquicentennial Project). Editor, The Gest of Robyn Hode (Loomis House Books). Author, Romancing the Ballad: How Orpheus the Minstrel Became King Orfeo (Loomis House Books). Author, The Bible In History (free e-book). Author, An Introduction to Braid Scots (free e-book)

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