Orkney and Shetland Dialect Scoping Study Video


Resource authors: Ragnhild Ljosland
Project: The Orkney and Shetland dialect corpus project scoping study

This video describes a research project named the Orkney and Shetland Dialect Corpus Scoping Study, made under the AHRC Connected Communities programme. It features an interview with Dr Ragnhild Ljosland from the Centre for Nordic Studies, Orkney, describing the project, followed by an example of a dialect text from the study, read by Orcadian dialect speaker Neil Leask. The Orkney and Shetland dialects are dialects of the Scottish language with a special history that have a Norse influence, unlike other Scottish dialects. The project is to find out if it is possible to build a digital corpus (a collection of texts) in Orkney and Shetland dialects through the ages, to find out more about the history and grammar of these dialects.

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