Who's got the cash?

December 17, 2004

Scots language researchers at Glasgow University have won more than £300,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Board to develop a major electronic archive.

The Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech (Scots) project, which won an initial £160,000 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, aims to capture written, spoken, audio and video texts in Scotland's languages. Scots has just gone live on the web (www.scottishcorpus.ac.uk) with 400 texts containing half a million words from all walks of life.

Researcher Wendy Anderson said the Scots team had set itself a target of 4 million words by the end of the three-year funding period. A vital task will now be to trawl through newspapers and broadcasts to find examples of how words are used.

Dr Anderson said: "Scots is flexible for research into questions of word survival and regional distribution, and it features of grammar and pronunciation.

"For example, we're interested in the currency of distinctively Scottish words, such as "canny" (prudent) and "braw" (excellent). They are often used to stereotype the people of Scotland, but are they actually still used? By whom? Where? In what contexts?"

John Corbett, the principal investigator, said the EPSRC funded the initial research in collaboration with Edinburgh University's language technology group to create an electronic search mechanism for words where the spelling could vary. The word "abune" (which means above), for example, might also be spelled "abone" or "abeen".

As a flourishing project, Scots then successfully bid for AHRB resource-enhancement funding to develop its work further.

Please login or register to read this article.

Register to continue

Get a month's unlimited access to THE content online. Just register and complete your career summary.

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Viewed

The University of Oxford is top in a list of the best universities in the UK, which includes institutions in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

26 September

Most Commented

Universities in most nations are now obliged to prioritise graduate career prospects, but how it should be approached depends on your view of the meaning of education. Academics need to think that through much more clearly, says Tom Cutterham


Featured jobs

Learning Technologist

Kings College London

Public Relations and Media Officer

Royal Holloway, University Of London

International Regional Manager

York St John University

Customer Service Advisor

Bpp University