On 6 Apr 2008, at 22:55, Le Bateman wrote:
> Can someone tell me if the Scots spoken along England's Northern
> borders is a Southern dialect? Is there a webpage that could
> compare this with Northumbrian? What dialect is spoken in Lothien?
I'm in Berwickshire - the Scottish Borders - a few hundred metres from
the East Lothian[sic] boundary, and a full 30 miles from Northumbria.
The Scots spoken in much of the Borders is *markedly* different from
the Lothians, which is very much influenced by that spoken in
Edinburgh (for a reference, Trainspotting is closer than the Prime of
Miss Jean Brodie). And different again from the English of
Northumbria, which is more Newcastle-like.
In much of coastal Berwickshire - particularly from Eyemouth towards
Berwick - you hear a mixture, as distinct from a compound. Some people
have the Northumbrian, some the Border Scots, and some the Lothian;
usually following where they came from.
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