It’s been all go the last few weeks. Not only has my PhD thesis finally been handed in (yikes), but I’ve also been busy planning an exciting new course for next semester. Working for the University of Aberdeen’s Elphinstone Institute, I’m going to be delivering a course on my own native North-East Scots. This is a bit of a first for the university in that the language is being offered to students as a variety to learn and to use (rather than perhaps only thinking of Scots through the lens of historical linguistics, language variation and change, or its literary and cultural heritage).
There’s been a lot of positive interest about the course, including coverage by The Times, The Scotsman, STV, and the Press and Journal.
I also sat down last week with two stalwarts of Scots broadcasting – Frieda Morrison and Alistair Heather – to discuss not only the course, but also my own own research and my thoughts on the current status of the Scots language.