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  • Policy for the encouragement of the Scots language1

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Scots language policy

Creative Scotland values and appreciates the important role that Scots language has played, and continues to play, in shaping the cultural landscape of Scotland.

Scots is part of our history and our cultural heritage, with rich oral and written traditions that are still very much alive today in our song, drama, storytelling, filmmaking, broadcasting and literature.

We support the status of Scots, alongside Gaelic and English, as one of the three indigenous languages of Scotland, something that is further strengthened by the Scottish Government’s commitment to:

Develop a national Scots language policy, with increased support for Scots in education, encouragement of a greater profile for Scots in the media, and the establishment of a network of Scots co-ordinators.

Through use of, and engagement with, Scots we not only develop a greater appreciation of Scotland’s vibrant linguistic heritage but we also learn to value all the languages of our country; to value diversity; and, ultimately, to enrich our lives and our cultural experiences. [End Page 209]

In our ten-year plan, Unlocking Potential, Embracing Ambition, we set out our ambition for Scotland’s indigenous languages as follows:

  • • Scotland’s diversity and distinctiveness, reflected in our indigenous languages, Gaelic and Scots, and strengthened by an increasing range of other cultural influences, will be visible to the rest of the world.

  • • People of all ages and from different types of communities from all parts of the country, including language communities such as Gaelic and Scots, can have deep and meaningful engagement with arts and creativity.

  • • Scotland’s national culture in its broad sense is better understood, spanning contemporary practice, traditional arts in Gaelic and Scots and work inspired by Scotland’s languages.

  • • We will also fulfil our statutory requirements to support and promote the value of indigenous culture and language, such as Gaelic and Scots.

We recognize that Scots language is an integral part of Scotland’s identity and cultural life.

There is, however, a need to ensure ambitious and sustainable development of Scots language across the arts, screen and creative industries and Creative Scotland is committed to working with partners in order to:

  • • Enhance the status of Scots language among people and communities across Scotland.

  • • Promote the acquisition and development of Scots.

  • • Encourage the increased use of Scots as a valid and visible means of communication.

Scots leid policie

Creative Scotlan values an appreciates the heid role that the Scots language has pleyed, an gans oan tae pley, in shapin the cultural lanscape o Scotlan.

Scots is pairt o oor historie an oor cultural heritage, wi rich oral an scrievin tradeetions that ur still gey weel alive theday in oor sang, drama, storytellin, the makin o fulms, braidcastin an leeterature.

We uphaud the standin o Scots, alangside Gaelic an English, as wan o the thrie hamewart languages o Scotlan, somethin that is mair heized up bi the Scottish Government’s commitment tae:

Growe a naitional Scots language policie, wi mair support fir Scots in education, gie a lift tae a mair heich profile fir Scots in the media, an the settin up o a network o Scots co-ordinators. [End Page 210]

Throu the yuiss o Scots, an wurkin mair closely wi it, we dinnae jist develop mair appreciation o Scotlan’s livelie language heritage bit we learn an aw tae value aw the languages o oor kintra; tae gie warth tae diversitie; an in the en, tae mak richer oor wurld an oor cultural lives.

In oor 10-year plan, Unlocking Potential, Embracing Ambition, we set oot oor ambition fir Scotlan’s hamewart languages as ablow:

  • • Scotlan’s sindry an kenspecklt naitur, reflectit in oor native languages, Gaelic an Scots, an gien mair smeddum bi a growin reenge o ither cultural influences, will be seen bi aw the wurld ower.

  • • Folk o aw ages an fae different kins o communities fae aw pairts o the kintra, as weel as language communities lik Gaelic an Scots, can hae deep an mensefu tryst wi airts an creativitie.

  • • Scotlan’s naitional culture in its braid mense is mair kent, spannin modrin weys, tradeetional airts...


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