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alive Corpus occurrences Lallans / Central Doric / Northern Orkney Shetland Southern Ulster
Occurences normalised per million words45 49.7 44.9 18.6 30.9 56.4 26.1
Number of occurrences8050 17 1 3 5 4
Number of authors41 25 7 1 2 3 3

Occurrences of alive in Corpus

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Robertson, James The Mannie, (Scottish Book Trust 2018) Lallans, prose
posite wa. They seemed tae be alive in the shilpit licht, like st on page 11

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Hubbard, Tom The Flechitorium, (Grace Note 2017 ISBN: 9781907676932) Lallans - East Central, poetry
the howff. Each speck seemed alive. on page 73

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Donovan, Anne Matilda In Scots, (Itchy Coo 2019 ISBN: 978-1785302350) Lallans, weans
n esk's tail, the tail stayed alive and grew intae anither esk te on page 133

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McHardy, Stuart The Wey Forrit, (Luath 2017 ISBN: 978-1912147014) Lallans, prose
e'll get tae that. Monie fowk alive the day heard stories o hou t on page 94
oot hou best tae keep the Nus alive an oniebuddie that thinks it on page 95

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Thomson, Mark Bard fae thi buildin site, (Luath 2007 ISBN: 978-1906307141) Lallans - Dundee, poetry
em comin alive, on page 109

1 matches

McHardy, Stuart Speakin o Dundee: Tales Tellt Aroun the Toun, (Luath 2010 ISBN: 978-1-906817-25-1) Lallans - Dundee, prose
fishin boat Toshie wis barely alive, but he wis alive. Luckily th on page 43

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Percy, Ely Duck Feet, (Monstrous Regiment 2021 ISBN: 978-1916117921) Lallans - Renfrew, prose
amily avoidet him when he wis alive. The second thing ah dreamt w on page 41
n his hoose an Lesley Ann wis alive. Wully McCoy's Aunt Linda wis on page 130

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Docherty, John F. Lallans 81 - Lang Summer Days, (Lallans Magazine 2012) Lallans, prose
know for sure if he wis still alive but ma mither never gave up h on page 76

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Fitt, Matthew Chairlie and the Chocolate Works, (Itchy Coo 2016 ISBN: 978-1-78530-083-7) Lallans, prose
secrets tae - while I'm aye alive.' on page 171

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Wilson, Rab Accent O the Mind, (Luath 2006 ISBN: 978-1905222322) Lallans - New Cumnock, poetry
Hud faither been alive whit wid he say on page 39
Pits were gaun this place wis alive on page 66

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Fitt, Matthew Geordie's Mingin Medicine, (Itchy Coo 2007 ISBN: 978-1845021603) Lallans, weans
rin and _ faemin as if it wis alive. At yin point he could hae sw on page 33

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Chisnall, Edward F. H. Yer Ain, The Young Yins and the Auld Yin, (Evertype 2021 ISBN: 978-1782012764) Lallans - Glasgow, poetry
And kin live alive for aw eternity by the wey, on page 23
Whaur cats are alive and deid they say, on page 91
Like wee dioramas alive, the smawest lang gane on page 111
eidly branch o something hanf alive, or no really deid on page 132
Ower awthing alive, deid, or jist creautit in fi on page 133
Also on pages 154, 159
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Clark, Thomas Mindin on Willie McIlvanney, (Bella Caledonia 2015) Lallans - Bellshill, blog
whit it wis like tae hae been alive - afore drily gaun on tae no
1 matches

Fenton, Janet A Guid New Year tae yin and a!, (Bella Caledonia 2019) Lallans, blog
h hedge schools kept the leid alive there, and we maun use oor le
1 matches

Heather, Alistair The porage revolution: Hou porage cam tae mak Scotland habitable, (Mak Forrit 2017) Lallans - Angus, blog
sel deid aamaist afore it wis alive, like a body ettlin tae fill
1 matches

Heather, Alistair The ghaist lichts, (Mak Forrit 2017) Lallans - Angus, blog
achs saw them. Mony o them ar alive tae this day. Gin ye’re in
1 matches

Heather, Alistair Lat the auld witch burn, (Mak Forrit 2017) Lallans - Angus, blog
ay. He burnt the hoose wi her alive in it.
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Handy, Robbie Forked Tongues, (Bella Caledonia 2016) Lallans, blog
in Scotland, so for me it’s alive an valid an Ah’ve a right t
1 matches

Bennett, Peter The Sacrificial Doo, (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
athed in sunlight, vibrant an alive wae the Saturday mornin bustl
1 matches

Meikle, William Overheard in a Cemetery, (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Ayrshire, prose
a word, jist like when he wis alive. Dae ye ken he wance telt me
1 matches

Rennie, Susan The Hoose o Haivers, (Itchy Coo 2002 ISBN: 978-1902927442) Lallans, weans
g wid ken whether his son wis alive or deid lang afore his ship r
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 175, (self-published 2008) Lallans - Musselburgh, newspaper
THERE no mony o us alive the day that can leuk back on
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Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 174, (self-published 2008) Lallans - Musselburgh, newspaper
Dr Jekyll, whit cuid be mair alive nor "hae dirled, stotit, glow
1 matches

Vettese, Raymond Lallans 59 - Raymond Vettese : nineteen poems, (Lallans Magazine 2004) Lallans - Montrose, poetry
alive wi crystals,
there’s nane alive to care for them noo.
and the fire and the love, alive and true.
the new earth is that growthe-alive
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Purdie, David C. Lallans 59 - Boswell’s Coort, (Lallans Magazine 2004) Lallans - Edinburgh, poetry
alive or deid, nor dukes nor gentry
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McKillop, Roger Challengin' Times, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Edinburgh, poetry
“Your alive, young an’ free, so be whit
1 matches

Kurtoglu, Wulf Braken Fences, (Caroline Macafee 2011 ISBN: B006JE3UQW) Lallans, prose
I’m to say that Beatrice is alive, I’ve seen her, she has bee
of her life that Beatrice was alive somewhere ... This is ridicul
loss, that she micht be tane alive.
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Ewen, Allan Pairt twa: Janus leuks aheid, (The Sair Fecht 2015) Lallans, blog
nity tae keep auld traditions alive by tellin stories an singin s
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Ewen, Allan Pairt Ane: Janus leuks back, (The Sair Fecht 2014) Lallans, blog
as citizens is tae keep this alive an move forrad. We lost a muc
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 101, (self-published 2002) Lallans, newspaper
t a sense o Scottish identity alive an when the time cam for Jock
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Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 106, (self-published 2002) Lallans, newspaper
ain hamelt cultur an language alive an weel, naebody else wad dae
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@raiphsays tweeted
n Yasssss! Whit a time tae be alive!!(2020) search twitter

@kennethbryce184 tweeted
d others too - eos fitbaw is alive and well defo (2020) twitter link


Leslie, Deborah Doric - Alive an Kickin, (Argo Publishing 2004 ISBN: 978-0954615314) Doric - Inverurie, prose
Doric - Alive an Kickin on page 7
the language o the North-east alive an kickin." on page 8

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Leslie, Deborah Doric - Hale an Hairty, (Argo Publishing 2011 ISBN: 978-0954615345) Doric - Inverurie, prose
's gaun te mak ma glaid te bi alive. Ah'll bi keepin the kinna co on page 88

1 matches

Hay, Gordon M. The Doric New Testament, (Gordon M Hay 2012 ISBN: 978-0957351516) Doric - Banff, prose
onie att wis deid an noo he's alive eence mair; he wis tint an no on page 107
o e livin. For him, aabody's alive." A fyow o e laayers spak oot on page 114
o angels att telt them he wis alive. A fyow o e lads gaed till e on page 121

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Blackhall, Sheena Minnie, (Scots Language Centre 2004) Doric, prose
er stood in the coal skuttle, alive wi shaddas an firelicht. As M
hat, the last ane tae see him alive in the warld o the leevin.
2 matches

Blackhall, Sheena The Quarry, (Lochlands 2007) Doric, prose
g foo yon cheil burned hissel alive, cheengin inno the planet Ven
planters, hameseek an beeriet alive fur months on eyn in their bu
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Strachan, Shane Hoast, (Scots Hoose 2020) Doric, prose
said she wis still jist aboot alive, but her grandson
1 matches

Hutchison, Pat Catty, (McStorytellers.com 2017) Doric - Banffshire, prose
und, so they’d been roasted alive. “Poor buggers!” said the
1 matches

Hutchison, Pat Bulletbroo, (McStorytellers.com 2017) Doric - Banffshire, prose
t ‘Grossa Brow’ was still alive. Next Vulltums Croint wiz tra
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Hutchison, Pat Angels Ten, (McStorytellers.com 2016) Doric - Banffshire, prose
they said I wiz lucky tae be alive. The police that found me hid
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@_DawnLeslie tweeted
ou Spin Me Round’ by Dead or Alive... “You furl me richt roon, (2020) search twitter

@fittiecrooners tweeted
a lot of hope noo o' staying alive fer a lang time noo ??????? h(2018) search twitter


Hall, Simon W. Tae thee, or no tae thee?, (Brisk Northerly 2020) Orkney, blog
ey kept their island pronouns alive, although they had lived the
1 matches


Ratter, Peter Da Perishin Nort, (Young Shetland Writer 2010) Shetland, prose
It wis a miracle he wis still alive. He arose tae his feet lik an
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@RedValkyrie84 tweeted
!! What an amazing time to be alive! Massive congratulations to t (2021) twitter link
Man alive I’m wakened on da pissed aff (2018) twitter link


Douglas, David Chuckies fir the Cairn, (Luath 2009 ISBN: 978-1906817053) Southern - Galloway, poetry
y-back cardboard sin Adam wut alive on page 47

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Bryden, Hugh Chuckies fir the Cairn, (Luath 2009 ISBN: 978-1906817053) Southern - Dumfries, poetry
alive afore yer cen. on page 103

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Halfpenny, Cameron Ahlice's Adveenturs in Wunderlaant, (Evertype 2015 ISBN: 978-1782010876) Southern - Borders, prose
is, that there's onybody left alive!" on page 82
fusin eet is aw th hings bein alive: fur instance, there's th air on page 83
hale place aroond hur became alive wi th strange craiters o hur on page 123

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Morrison-Smyth, Anne Alice's Carrants in Wunnerlan, (Evertype 2013 ISBN: 978-1-78201-011-1) Ulster - Ballymoney, prose
in it is aal the things baein alive: fur instance, thur's the arc on page 84
hale place aroon hir baecome alive wi strange cretters o hir wee on page 124

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Burgess, Wilson Dae Ye See: Ulster-Scots Poems, (Scots Language Centre 2007 ISBN: 978-0955791604) Ulster - L'Derry, poetry
Bae gled that yir still alive. on page 48

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Gibson, Darren Oor ain strange lan, (Ullans Magazine 2012) Ulster - Ards, poetry
An kep alive their faithers tongue,
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