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The Use of the Scottish National Dictionaries in the Study of Traditional Construction

Bruce Walker

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622818.003.0013
The Use of the Scottish National Dictionaries in the Study of Traditional Construction

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Previous studies of aspects of building construction using national dictionaries have shown that traditional forms of building construction using turf and earth have a much wider range of terms than masonry. This chapter tests the theory that for the greater part of Scottish history, timber was the basic building material, and that in most classes of building, masonry construction developed in parallel with other northern European countries rather than with the nearest neighbour, England. A search of Scottish dictionaries for French carpentry items introduced into England about a hundred years after the Norman Conquest and adopted by the English language drew a complete blank. It was decided that a much more basic approach had to be taken and the Scottish words for tree, timber, and wood, that is tre, tym(m)er, and wod(e), are investigated.

Keywords: Scottish history; timber; building materials; masonry construction

Chapter.  8756 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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