Scots Tongue, The [Radio Scotland]

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01The Border Ground20160816

01The Border Ground20160816

A series of documentaries on the history of the Scots language written and presented by Billy Kay. (Revised repeat) Today, the links between the Borders' dialect today and the origins of the national language.

01The Border Ground2016081620160821 (RS)

Billy Kay explores the links between the Borders dialect and the national language.

01The Border Ground2016081620160821 (RS)

Billy Kay explores the links between the Borders dialect and the national language.

A series of documentaries on the history of the Scots language written and presented by Billy Kay. (Revised repeat) Today, the links between the Borders' dialect today and the origins of the national language.

02Makars To Miners2016082320160828 (RS)

Billy Kay looks at the speech of Fife miners in his series about the Scottish language.

A series of six documentaries on the history of the Scots language written and presented by Billy Kay. (Revised repeat) Today the speech of Fife miners has its roots in languages brought to Scotland before the flowering of the court poets in the 15th century.

02Makars to Miners2016082320160828 (RS)

Billy Kay looks at the speech of Fife miners in his series about the Scottish language.

A series of six documentaries on the history of the Scots language written and presented by Billy Kay. (Revised repeat) Today the speech of Fife miners has its roots in languages brought to Scotland before the flowering of the court poets in the 15th century.

03The Buchan Heartland2016083020160904 (RS)

Billy Kay looks at how Grampian is now one of the strongest Scots-speaking areas.

A series of documentaries on the history of the Scots language written and presented by Billy Kay. (Revised repeat) Today, Grampian is now one of the strongest Scots-speaking areas - but the pressures against the Doric now are just as powerful as they were in the 16th century.

03The Buchan Heartland2016083020160904 (RS)

Billy Kay looks at how Grampian is now one of the strongest Scots-speaking areas.

A series of documentaries on the history of the Scots language written and presented by Billy Kay. (Revised repeat) Today, Grampian is now one of the strongest Scots-speaking areas - but the pressures against the Doric now are just as powerful as they were in the 16th century.

04The Confusion Of Union2016090620160911 (RS)

After the union of Scotland and England, Scots had to learn a new language - English.

A series of documentaries on the history of the Scots language written and presented by Billy Kay. (Revised repeat) Today after the Union of the Crowns and the Union of Parliaments many Scots speakers were faced with the problems of acquiring a 'new' language - English.

05Split-Tongued Sourocks20160913

05Split-Tongued Sourocks20160913

A series of documentaries on the history of the Scots language written and presented by Billy Kay. (Revised repeat) Today the legacy of Burns still survives in Ayrshire - despite the 18th- and 19th-century fashion to speak (in Grassic Gibbon's phrase) like 'split-tongued sourocks'.

05Split-tongued Sourocks2016091320160918 (RS)

Burns's legacy survives in Ayrshire, despite 18th- and 19th-century fashions of speach.

05Split-Tongued Sourocks2016091320160918 (RS)

Burns's legacy survives in Ayrshire, despite 18th- and 19th-century fashions of speach.

A series of documentaries on the history of the Scots language written and presented by Billy Kay. (Revised repeat) Today the legacy of Burns still survives in Ayrshire - despite the 18th- and 19th-century fashion to speak (in Grassic Gibbon's phrase) like 'split-tongued sourocks'.

06Freedom Come All Ye?20160920

A series of documentaries on the history of the Scots language written and presented by Billy Kay. (Revised repeat)

Today city dialects are often despised - even by Scots language enthusiasts. Can MacDiarmid's 'plastic' Scots and the old, rural dialects come to terms with developing urban speech in the 1980s?

06Freedom Come All Ye?2016092020160925 (RS)

A series of documentaries on the history of the Scots language written and presented by Billy Kay. (Revised repeat)

Today city dialects are often despised - even by Scots language enthusiasts. Can MacDiarmid's 'plastic' Scots and the old, rural dialects come to terms with developing urban speech in the 1980s?

A series of documentaries on the history of the Scots language written and presented by Billy Kay. (Revised repeat)

Today city dialects are often despised - even by Scots language enthusiasts. Can MacDiarmid's 'plastic' Scots and the old, rural dialects come to terms with developing urban speech in the 1980s?

07The Future's Oors2016092720161002 (RS)

In the census of 2011, over 1.5 million Scots revealed that the Scots language was an important part of their national identity. Here, Billy Kay interviews language activists who worked to get the question on the census, who pioneered the acceptance of Scots in education and who use the language creatively as part of a Scots literary tradition going back to Burns and Dunbar: writer Matthew Fitt has influenced many teachers through his Scots Hoose work and the Itchycoo publishing imprint; Hamish MacDonald is the Scots Scriever at the National Library of Scotland engaged in the Wee Windaes web project which highlights the library's great Scots collection; Diane Anderson of Morgan Academy, Dundee was one of the first group of Scots Language Co-ordinators who had a dramatically positive effect on the status of Scots within education; J Derrick McClure of Aberdeen University who led the Scottish Government's Ministerial Working Group on Scots; Michael Hance and Dauvit Horsbroch of the Scots Language Centre 'who have had huge success engaging with people on line and in social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Flickr; Ashley Husband Powton a politically engaged young activist who is writing her dissertation in Scots at St Andrews university; actress/writer Ishbel McFarlane whose one woman show O is for Hoolet has toured Scotland stimulating debate about the language and Dr Michael Dempster, a scientist exploring neuro and psycholinguistics and researching how language works in our brains and bodies, especially if the mither tongue is suppressed. Billy also talks to George Watt and others from the Scots Language Society at their annual Collogue in Perth. All hope that as far as Scots is concerned, MacDiarmid's prophetic lines will come true:

For we hae faith in Scotland's hidden poo'ers,

The present's theirs, but a' the past an future's oors.

Billy Kay interviews activists who worked to get Scottish language on the 2011 census.