Dictionary of the Scots Language
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Dictionary of the Scots Language

On March 22, 2007, Dr. Maggie Scott, Senior Editor of Scottish Language Dictionaries informed Lindsay International of the availability of the Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL) and invited us to provide a link to this very useful tool for our worldwide Lindsay researchers.  The descriptive information below was taken from the pages of the DSL web site and should be sufficient to help you decide if this tool will be of help to you in your Lindsay research. 

The Dictionary can be found by clicking on SLD

Our thanks to Dr. Scott and the SLD for bringing this research tool to our attention and for making it available free of charge to the world’s language researchers.  The SLD can be reached at the address below. 

Scottish Language Dictionaries
27 George Square
Edinburgh EH8 9LD
Phone & fax: (+44) (0)131 650 4149
Email:  mail@scotsdictionaries.org.uk 


The Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL) comprises electronic editions of the two major historical dictionaries of the Scots language: the 12-volume Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST) and the 10-volume Scottish National Dictionary (SND)

DOST contains information about Scots words in use from the twelfth to the end of the seventeenth centuries (Older Scots). 

SND contains information about Scots words in use from 1700 to the 1970s (modern Scots). 

Together these 22 volumes provide a comprehensive history of Scots, and a New Supplement now (2005) brings the record of the language up to date. These are therefore essential research tools for anyone interested in the history of either Scots or English language, and for historical or literary scholars whose sources are written in Scots or may contain Scots usages. 

In the DSL, these two dictionaries are being published together in their full form for the first time. Thus, information on the earliest uses of Scots words can be presented alongside examples of the later development of the same words. 

By making the DSL freely available on the Internet, the aim of the Scottish Language Dictionaries (SLD) is to widen access to the source dictionaries and to open up these rich lexicographic resources to anyone with an interest in Scots language and culture. Its educational uses range from university research to help with the production of Scots materials for young children.

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