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Introduction

Fiona M. Douglas

in Scottish Newspapers, Language and Identity

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780748624379
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671533 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624379.003.0001
Introduction

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In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in Scottish identity and Scottish language varieties, but to date there has been no in-depth investigation of the link between the two. This book attempts to address that gap by focusing on the language of one of the most common and influential text types in Scotland, as elsewhere: the national newspapers. It studies the link between language and identity in the Scottish press and argues that Scottish newspapers create a special relationship with their readers based on their shared Scottish identity by using elements of Scottish language — specifically Scots lexis. This introductory chapter begins with descriptions of present-day Scotland, its political landscape, and linguistic communities. It then presents the subject matter covered in this book, including sources, definitions of key terms, and methodological considerations. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: Scottish identity; Scottish language; national newspapers; Scottish press; Scots lexis; Scotland

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Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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