The Scots Language

Clive’s recent book Unlocking Scots, published by Luath Press Ltd, about the history, politics and sociolinguistics of the language, was launched on 15 June 2023 at the National Library of Scotland,, Edinburgh. Order directly from Luath, or via Amazon, Waterstones etc. online.

The evening before I joined the great Derrick McClure for a well-attended informal discussion about the book at Aberdeen Central Library.

Article The Times Scotland 11 September 2023 (paywall)

Article The National 1 October 2023.

Extra stuff

Two earlier (free) booklets can be found on, a searchable archive I run of Scots news from the press and social media since 2012. 

The video below is a presentation I did in 2021 for schoolkids about the joys of learning languages, and at the beginning explains the Scots language really sparked my interest in languages and linguistics.

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