A Corpus of 21st Century Scots Texts

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Use in varieties of Scots

Dialect map - Usage over time
accent Corpus occurrences Lallans / Central Doric / Northern Orkney Shetland Southern Ulster
Occurences normalised per million words38.2 56.6 10.6 37.1 10.3 22.6 13.1
Number of occurrences6857 4 2 1 2 2
Number of authors34 24 4 2 1 2 1

Occurrences of accent in Corpus

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Burnett, Colin A Working Class State of Mind, (Piermont 2021 ISBN: 978-1914090158) Lallans - East Coast, prose
peakin in a horrible Scottish accent. Woke up this mornin nixt tae on page 56

1 matches

Thomson, Mark Bard fae thi buildin site, (Luath 2007 ISBN: 978-1906307141) Lallans - Dundee, poetry
an that American accent on page 45
an it cheenged meh accent, it didna flow on page 56

3 matches

Robertson, Sine Lallans 59 - Newsins fae SLRC, (Lallans Magazine 2001) Lallans, newspaper
tae help actors get the richt accent fan they're actin pairts fae on page 87

1 matches

McHardy, Stuart Speakin o Dundee: Tales Tellt Aroun the Toun, (Luath 2010 ISBN: 978-1-906817-25-1) Lallans - Dundee, prose
n wisnae bathert by his Scots accent at aw. But whan it cam time f on page 75
, chaps. I haven't heard that accent since the war. I had a whole on page 76

2 matches

Percy, Ely Duck Feet, (Monstrous Regiment 2021 ISBN: 978-1916117921) Lallans - Renfrew, prose
cause she's got a pure funny accent an she talks dead fast; she g on page 16
ae understaun Harpreet's da's accent, Ah said tae Charlene, Whit h on page 61
m the ground up. Wan han-dred accent, an then him an Charlene star on page 162

3 matches

Wilson, Rab Accent O the Mind, (Luath 2006 ISBN: 978-1905222322) Lallans - New Cumnock, poetry
Accent o the Mind on page 152

2 matches

Travers, Martin A Nappie Lassie Blethers tae a Fritter, (Scots Language Centre 2021) Lallans, script
a favour. Stop talking. Your accent is embarrassing. You are putt on page 4

4 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 168, (self-published 2007) Lallans, newspaper
Yaisin a guid R.P. accent A gied it ma name an referenc
id the street name wi a Scots accent, rolled the 'R' an makit twa
2 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 167, (self-published 2007) Lallans, newspaper
flesh grue. He'll hear fae ma accent A'm no a native spikker - A
1 matches

Calderwood, Lynsey Mumbo Jumbo, (Litro magazine 2006) Lallans, prose
cos she’s got a pure funny accent an she talks dead fast; she g
1 matches

Donovan, Anne Not Scotland, (Edinburgh International Book Festival 2010) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
ound funny in a broad Glasgow accent. Marco nods, smiles and gets
1 matches

Clark, Sara Scot Free -The Psychic Cost O Uisin Scots, (Bella Caledonia 2018) Lallans, blog
ikes a guid Northern-English 'accent', eh? It's warm, comfortin, u
1 matches

Dornan, Stephen The Widenin Sheuch, (Bella Caledonia 2018) Lallans, blog
"farmer talk" or a "Ballymena accent". Belyve, the Ulster-Scots fu
1 matches

Clark, Sara Your Leid, Oor Leid, Awbody's Leid, (Bella Caledonia 2018) Lallans, blog
ired me, in her braw Bavarian accent. Ah couldnae let on ah didnae
wisnae fower wirds in an braw accent. It wis somehin ah had tae la
e that Scots wis mair than an accent aff the telly. There wis a ha
rever ah can, in ma Yorkshire accent, tae ma Scottish pals - be t
4 matches

Burnett, Colin Boris Johnstone, (colinburnett.co.uk 2021) Lallans - East Central, prose
peakin in a horrible Scottish accent. Woke up this mornin nixt tae
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 142, (self-published 2005) Lallans, newspaper
accent. tho aiblins thon hidnae been
1 matches

Hershaw, William The Retour O The Grey Airmy, (Bella Caledonia 2016) Lallans, blog
pent tae theirsels by means o accent, claethes, education, condesc
1 matches

Handy, Robbie Forked Tongues, (Bella Caledonia 2016) Lallans, blog
ae distinguish the words, the accent sounded Scottish. Til Ah got
Elephant Man, whose Jamaican accent seemed tae hae got lost somew
2 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 147, (self-published 2006) Lallans, newspaper
tyle, whauras Kenneth Bryans' accent haes the pretentious fawsenes
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 149, (self-published 2006) Lallans, newspaper
wi humour, frae his new buik, Accent o the Mind. As yin o the foon
us" mentality. Awbody's got a accent but me, kinna thing! He spake
2 matches

Bennett, Peter The Bothy (Part One), (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
n a mock upper class, English accent, pointin alang the road whils
in an attempt at a Mancunian accent that by the end ay the senten
2 matches

Grae, Emma Dancin wi the Rhona, (unbound.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
Ma accent is as common as muck even tho
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 116, (self-published 2003) Lallans - Musselburgh, newspaper
suits him, but wi an English accent. He then meets a merchant, a
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 174, (self-published 2008) Lallans - Musselburgh, newspaper
aders tae "...bring their ain accent..." tae the readin wi the ett
1 matches

Donovan, Anne Buddha Da - Chapter 1 Anne Marie, (Canongate 2009 ISBN: 978-1847673459) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
He spoke dead clear but wi an accent ah'd no heard afore.
1 matches

McKillop, Roger Uprisin' an' Doonfa', (McStorytellers.com 2016) Lallans - Edinburgh, poetry
followers, greeted us in an accent sae thick an’ laced wi’ d
1 matches

McKillop, Roger Wee Roge Boobs, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Edinburgh, prose
decades in Canada, an’ her accent still hasni’ moved a yaird
1 matches

Dempster, Michael DIGNITY, (Scots Language Centre 2021) Lallans, poetry
Scots accent
yer accent
2 matches

Monahan Brown, Ricky Dùn Èideann, (The Scores 2020) Lallans, prose
s voice, an tried tae hear an accent. Bit the voice didnae hae an
. Bit the voice didnae hae an accent tae him. It felt lik he hud j
2 matches

@rosa_alba_macd tweeted
he canna and he disna hae the accent or viewpoint or skill tae rap(2020) search twitter

@Chazzbat tweeted
s wha cin sustain an American accent - Ewen McGregor, Dougray Sco(2020) search twitter
why dis she no hae a Scottish accent? ?? That's a strynge yin.(2020) search twitter

@DABArbuckle tweeted
aginst yer wishes, hence the accent. Sorted.(2020) search twitter
stenders. The theme tune, the accent, the storylines. Depressing s(2020) search twitter
watch him or his lassie. That accent gets oan ma wick(2020) search twitter

@LairnScots tweeted
want ye tae speak withoot an accent, or dae they want ye tae spea (2020) twitter link
y dae some Scots change their accent abroad, an ithers stey the sa (2019) twitter link

@kennethbryce184 tweeted
@MerielMyers the geordie accent - salt oh the earth people - (2020) twitter link


Benzie, Lesley Fessen Reared, (Seahorse 2020 ISBN: 978-1916214538) Doric, poetry
Ye mock ma accent that shifts on page 1

1 matches

Philips, Cally Wha's feart o' the library?, (McStorytellers.com 2016) Doric - Turriff, prose
s, in the broadest Glaswegian accent ah’ve iver heard. Ah cudnae
1 matches

@Doric_Bananaman tweeted
tterloony Fit a sotter o’ an accent tho cuv, like a Dundonian jak(2020) search twitter

@DoricPhrases tweeted
lin tae putten on a #Scottish accent. Nae really, it gives us fowk(2018) search twitter


Hall, Simon W. No the Six o Clock News, (Bella Caledonia 2016) Orkney, blog
ality o Scotland, gaan beyond accent intae language. Wur the last
1 matches

@johnkmitchinson tweeted
ns tryan tae spaek waeoot yer accent? (2021) twitter link


@RedValkyrie84 tweeted
and I dunna want tae lose my accent. We hiv a lovely way o spikin (2021) twitter link


Rodger, Matt The Borth’ick Waitter, (SCOTS Corpus 2003) Southern - Roxburgh, prose
d Scots wi ae kenable Cockney accent. Ay, owre the laist hauf
1 matches

@jamie_ginger tweeted
d yir tweet a try and put yir accent on #helloitsmegary #greatTV #(2012) search twitter


@the_gellick tweeted
ge" an "dialect": hooaniver, "accent"? Na, thon's wrang. (2015) twitter link
is nae mair nor a "Ballymena accent" is plain daft! (2015) twitter link