The Spread of a Word: <i>Scail</i> in Scots and <i>Sgaoil</i> in Gaelic

Donald E. Meek

in Perspectives on the Older Scottish Tongue

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780748622818
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653362 | DOI:
The Spread of a Word: Scail in Scots and Sgaoil in Gaelic

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Gaelic does not yet possess a dictionary comparable to the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST). If such existed, it would readily illuminate the number and range of usages of words found in Scottish Gaelic also attested in Scots. The Historical Dictionary of Scottish Gaelic (HDSG) in Glasgow University was intended to fill this gap, but the project failed to produce any significant published output. Nevertheless, an archive of paper slips (HDSG-A) was compiled. This chapter takes evidence for the use of the verb scail in Scots mainly from the DOST, and that of the use of sgaoil in Scottish Gaelic largely from the HDSG-A. It shows that the two languages share a comparable range of idioms based on what appears to be the same verb.

Keywords: Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue; Historical Dictionary of Scottish Gaelic; verbs

Chapter.  8380 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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