> Can anyone clarify for me the relationship (I am assuming
> that there is one) between "Scots" and Scots Gaelic? Is it a matter of
> vocabulary? of syntax? of place on the Indo-Eurpoean tree? Help!-Charlie
For practical purposes, there is none. Scots is a West Germanic language,
like English and Dutch; Scots Gaelic is a Celtic language. Absolutely
no easily detectable resemblance between them in vocabulary or syntax.
Both are Indo-European languages, so ultimately they share some common
vocabulary with each other, and with French, Russian, Greek, Urdu,
etc. But there's no more resemblance between Scots and Scots Gaelic
than between either of them and any of those others.
Scott DeLancey [log in to unmask]
Department of Linguistics
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403, USA