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People who deride Ulster-Scots tend to know least about it

Stephen Dornan


Whether you believe it’s a language or a dialect, lazy myths persist

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The Ulster-Scots agency has been given the legislative remit of the promotion of greater awareness of the language throughout the island of Ireland.

The Ulster-Scots agency has been given the legislative remit of the promotion of greater awareness of the language throughout the island of Ireland.

Kathleen Jamie

Kathleen Jamie

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The Ulster-Scots agency has been given the legislative remit of the promotion of greater awareness of the language throughout the island of Ireland.

Certain things come with the territory if you admit to an interest in Ulster-Scots. It’s likely people will suddenly become linguistic experts, with strong opinions on what is a proper language and what isn’t.

It’s a serious failure that a couple of decades after Ulster-Scots was included in the Belfast Agreement there is still so much public confusion and misinformation over the basics.


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