A Limited Identity

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:
A Limited Identity

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This chapter begins the detailed analysis of the newspaper corpus. It uses quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques to discover whether there are indeed appropriacy constraints operating on Scottish newspapers that affect where and in what quantities Scots lexis is used. If so, this would suggest that there are limitations operating on the linguistic construction of identity. In addition, it considers whether the Scots words and phrases found occur in passages of dense or thin Scottish–English, and also whether the items found tend to be non-cognate or cognate lexis. The final section looks for evidence of the Scottish newspapers' potential role as a force for standardisation in their spelling conventions for Scots lexis.

Keywords: Scottish newspapers; Scots lexis; linguistic construction; identity; spelling conventions; Scottish–English; appropriacy

Chapter.  11054 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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