A Corpus of 21st Century Scots Texts

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Use in varieties of Scots

key Corpus occurrences Lallans / Central Doric / Northern Orkney Shetland Southern Ulster
Occurences normalised per million words59.1 30.8 95.3 0 157.2 128.2 68.2
Number of occurrences9528 35 0 11 11 10
Number of authors33 18 6 3 3 3

Occurrences of key in Corpus

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Rennie, Susan The Wee Prince, (Edition Lintenfass 2017 ISBN: 978-3946190592) Lallans, prose
in a drawer an steck it wi a key.' on page 49

1 matches

Burnett, Colin A Working Class State of Mind, (Piermont 2021 ISBN: 978-1914090158) Lallans - East Coast, prose
"I lost my key. What took you so long to ans on page 83
or and wis aboot tae turn the key tae go inside ah hear a famil on page 116

2 matches

Donovan, Anne Matilda In Scots, (Itchy Coo 2019 ISBN: 978-1785302350) Lallans, weans
l lock the door and fling the key doon the well!' on page 122

1 matches

Thomson, Mark Bard fae thi buildin site, (Luath 2007 ISBN: 978-1906307141) Lallans - Dundee, poetry
ch three hinges, a hole fir a key on page 37

1 matches

Rennie, Susan The Teeger that Cam for his Tea, (Floris Kelpies 2018 ISBN: 978-1782504665) Lallans, weans
a be yer dad, as he's got his key. on page 3

1 matches

Fitt, Matthew Chairlie and the Chocolate Works, (Itchy Coo 2016 ISBN: 978-1-78530-083-7) Lallans, prose
- KEEP OOT. Mr Wonka taen a key fae his poacket, leaned ower on page 99
He taen a key fae his pooch, and unlockit t on page 122

3 matches

Wilson, Rab Accent O the Mind, (Luath 2006 ISBN: 978-1905222322) Lallans - New Cumnock, poetry
in evri key in the buik, ceptin fir the b on page 116

1 matches

Clark, Thomas A Scots Pairlament?, (Bella Caledonia 2016) Lallans - Bellshill, blog
stocks o rock an the tairtan key rings.
1 matches

Campbell, Karen Gie it laldy, (Bella Caledonia 2016) Lallans - Glasgow, blog
e wurld sees us. Wir media is key. George Monbiot wrote a piece
1 matches

Hodgart, John Scots Language Act: Oor weans hae richt tae see mither tung respectit, (The National 2021) Lallans - North Ayrshire, newspaper
hat respectit as it hauds the key tae buildin confidence, progr
guage throu fundin a nummer o key organisations, posts an proje
2 matches

Bennett, Peter The Sacrificial Doo, (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
Turnin the key in the ignition, the wee Cors
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 174, (self-published 2008) Lallans - Musselburgh, newspaper
eikin tae the narrative. The key word at ilka pairt o the stor
1 matches

Chalmers, Aimee Lallans 59 - Joukene Poukerie, (Lallans Magazine 2004) Lallans - Fife, prose
f ye’d hae time tae get the key for the cellar. That wuid sho
1 matches

Hodgart, John A Catalogue o Sair Neglect, (Bella Calledonia 2016) Lallans - North Ayrshire, blog
Its key recommendations includit a co
omethin that suirly hauds the key tae the development o Scottis
2 matches

Scots Language Center Crackin aboot politics, (Scots Language Centre 2020) Lallans, blog
olitics thegither wi a leet o key terms, an general an ordnar w
1 matches

Ewen, Allan Pairt Ane: Janus leuks back, (The Sair Fecht 2014) Lallans, blog
ooanever, resilience has been key tae Glesca’s year in the fa
1 matches

Ewen, Allan The “Auld Lang Syne” Paradox, (The Sair Fecht 2014) Lallans, blog
their droves. Micht ane o the key factors i this be their want
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 101, (self-published 2002) Lallans, newspaper
fine trone. She opens it wi a key and ye'll see a raw o white a
1 matches

@rosa_alba_macd tweeted
S_Hughes Boarder cludgies are key.(2020) search twitter

@Chazzbat tweeted
@mrnickharvey Ah love the key chynge.(2020) search twitter

@raiphsays tweeted
same hing ye aways say? Whit key/note is it in?(2020) search twitter

@LairnScots tweeted
The '100 key Scots words' resource fae @Ed (2020) twitter link
Education Scotland's lists o key wirds in dialects fae across (2018) twitter link


Leslie, Deborah Doric - Hale an Hairty, (Argo Publishing 2011 ISBN: 978-0954615345) Doric - Inverurie, prose
s later, Joyce hid their room key in her han. on page 7
noo," said Joyce, turnin the key an pushin the door open. on page 9
he heard the scrape o Joyce's key in the lock. "Ah've wasted th on page 17
Ah'm the een aat's haudin the key. Bit chynge is a scary thing: on page 92

4 matches

Elphinstone Institute Aiberdeenshire Cooncil – Scots Leid Guidelines, (Aberdeenshire Council 2017) Doric, government
on, an practice on a nummer o key objectives an principles, inc
oung people bring to school.' Key themes in the English an Lite
ellence highlichts Scots as a key pairt o bairns' education. Te
3 matches

Smith, Alex A Sair Fecht, (self-published 2003) Doric, prose
start on the first turn o the key. It wis mair likely an willin
1 matches

Smith, Alex A Fer Chauve, (self-published 2005) Doric, prose
key. "Mighty me I need that every
1 matches

Blackhall, Sheena Minnie, (Scots Language Centre 2004) Doric, prose
unlockit the corn kist wi the key entrusted tae him bi Steenhil
1 matches

Blackhall, Sheena The Quarry, (Lochlands 2007) Doric, prose
sal drugs limited tae fowk in key joabs, police informers wad a
he mornin, an socht the spare key frae the landlord, fur there
2 matches

Johnson, Mary Lallans 59 - Furst Time, (Lallans Magazine 2004) Doric - Aberdeenshire, prose
boattle. Ye wirnae a feardy. Key wiz intae it mair than A wiz.
Guid camiflage that,” says Key. “We can nip in ahint yin a
ae yin o thae hooses,” says Key, pyin nae attention tae me.
Fair awa wi himsel wiz Key. “Here’s a better idea.
“Right!” says Key. “Ye ken whit tae dae.”
22 matches

@glenlivetloon tweeted
pandemic? But no, let's take key people's focus away from mana(2020) search twitter


Johnson, Laureen Alice's Adventirs in Wonderlaand, (Evertype 2012 ISBN: 978-1782010081) Shetland - Voe, prose
him but a peerie mootie gold key, an Alice tocht richt awey at on page 11
pin at shö micht fin anidder key apon him, or at laest a book on page 12
wis forgotten da peerie gold key, an whin shö guid back ta da on page 14
hö clickit up da peerie gold key at wance, an med a rip for da on page 17
fast ageen, an da peerie gold key lyin apo da gless table sam a on page 20
Also on pages 26
9 matches

Williamson, Christie Gairden, (damagnifyingless.wordpress.com 2012) Shetland, poetry
wi da key bellt awa
1 matches

@tattooedselkie tweeted
ay, in me new fun status as a key worker I'm likely earned it o(2021) search twitter


Douglas, David Chuckies fir the Cairn, (Luath 2009 ISBN: 978-1906817053) Southern - Galloway, poetry
('the tresors saif, the key nane but mine') on page 54

1 matches

Halfpenny, Cameron Ahlice's Adveenturs in Wunderlaant, (Evertype 2015 ISBN: 978-1782010876) Southern - Borders, prose
n eet except a teensy goolden key, an Ahlice's firrst idea was on page 10
key was tae wee, but ony road eet on page 11
hopin she micht finng anither key oan eet, or at ony rate a boo on page 12
d she hed forgot th wee goold key, an when she went back tae th on page 13
grow bigger, Ah can reach th key; an if eet maks iz grow wee'e on page 14
Also on pages 16, 19, 75
9 matches

@cammyrudkin tweeted
@radioborders Is it a house key? Frae cammy and huggy workin (2012) search twitter


Morrison-Smyth, Anne Alice's Carrants in Wunnerlan, (Evertype 2013 ISBN: 978-1-78201-011-1) Ulster - Ballymoney, prose
wi naethin on it but a gowden key, an Alice's furst thocht wus on page 11
hopin shae micht fin anither key on it, or at onie rate a book on page 12
hae had furgot the wee gowden key, whin shae went baak tae the on page 14
t yinst tuk up the wee gowden key an went aff at a rate tae the on page 17
wus shut agane, an the gowden key wus lyin on the gless tibble, on page 20
Also on pages 76
8 matches

Ulster-Scots Language Society Tha Fower Gospels, (Ullans Press 2016 ISBN: 978-1-905281-25-1) Ulster, prose
ers, for yis hae taen awa tha key tae unnèrstannin. Yis hinnae on page 91

1 matches

Robinson, Philip Oul Licht, (Ullans Press 2017) Ulster - Larne, poetry
Or jist tha key
1 matches

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