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Scots: The role of language in civic nationalism

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguage and Nation
Subtitle of host publicationCrossroads and Connections
EditorsGuri Ellen Barstad, Arnstein Hjelde, Sigmund Kvam, Anastasia Parianou, John Todd
Place of PublicationMunster; New York
PublisherWaxmann Verlag, Munster
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9783830984979
ISBN (Print)9783830934974
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2016


The chapter outlines the roots to the kind of nationalism currently on the advance in Scotland as well as the historical background for Scots as a language and it further explores how these two factors relate to Scottish identity. The case of Norwegian, which was shaped as a result of ethnic nationalism, is employed to highlight the contrasting role of the Scots language in the civic type of nationalism developed in Scotland.

    Research areas

  • language, nationalism, identity, ethnicity

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