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Comparison Of Sse And Scots Essay

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1 IntroductionThe English language has grown and developed enormously during its existence because of geographical, social, political, age of the speaker or educational reasons. It is been spoken for more than 1500 years and has spread over every continent having in almost every continent a considerable number of people who have English as their mother tongue and containing a high number of dialects and accents. English is considered today as the world language. Even though it has such a high number of varieties, each one being quite significant, there is only one promoted ideal form of English, the RP English i.e. Standard English. Standard American English can actually be regarded as another ideal form since recent times. Since its important relevance in the world today, the English language is a quite popular and a highly developed field of research and thus it contains an extensive amount of topics.The English language in Scotland is particular interesting, because it is so close to England, but it varies the most from RP. Why is the English spoken in Scotland so different to that spoken in England and using even a diverse grammar etc. And why does the English vary in some regions in Scotland more than others from each other. I will write my paper about English in Scotland the Standard Scottish English (SSE) and Scots and their differences, including an introduction, a main body and a conclusion.To write about English and Scots in Scotland today, you have to look in the past. I will begin with an overview of the language history of English and Scots in Scotland. Where they came from and under which circumstances they developed to their current form. In the second chapter I will give a summary of how the situation is like nowadays. Where and which form of English and Scots exists, how many speakers there are and which factors are influencing them today. In the following sections I will focus on the phonology, morphology, syntax and lexis to give a more precise view on the language. In the conclusion I want to briefly summarize the previous sections and discuss where the big differences lie and what they mean and make a prospect of the possible future of English and Scots in Scotland.2 History of English in ScotlandThe English language was at its beginning far away from its present form. It merged as a blend mainly, but not explicitly of the different Germanic dialects that were brought to Britain from the beginning of the fifth century by Jutes, Angles, Saxons and Frisians. Other significant effects include Celtic, which was the original language of the British Isles, Scandinavian, which was imported by the Vikings and Norman French, which influenced English for about two centuries through the French political power after their conquest. These influences have to be considered in different ways when looking at the development of English on the British Isles."Although Scottish Gaelic from the Highlands and a plentitude of immigrant language...

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