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Ulster-Scots in a living, breathing vibrant state

It was saddening to read the letter from Wilson Burgess (Write Back, January 18) attacking Ulster-Scots as a dead language - this is just dead wrong.

Interest in Ulster-Scots is growing. At the last census in 2011 more than 140,000 people (about eight per cent of the population) indicated they could speak, read or write in Ulster-Scots.

Just a year later the Continuous Household Survey found the figure had almost doubled to 14%.

Wilson accuses the Ulster-Scots Agency of merely paying lip-service to the language and taking refuge in safe alternative culture.

First, the agency's statutory role is to promote Ulster-Scots language, heritage and culture. These things are not in competition, they complement each other.

Second, the agency has been praised for its efforts. In its recent report the European Committee of Experts (Comex), which oversees the development of minority languages, observed that "the position of Ulster-Scots has improved since the last monitoring round, thanks largely to the work of the Ulster-Scots Agency".


Chief executive, Ulster-Scots Agency

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