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The Dictionary of the Scots Language

Introduction to a key resource for accessing the language of early modern Scots.
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The Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL) is a vital resource for accessing the language of early modern Scots.

As well as being an essential tool for those interested in the history and linguistic development of Scots itself, the Dictionary of the Scots Language is invaluable to apprentice and master palaeographers alike.

Perhaps you have transcribed a passage but one word continues to elude you.

Perhaps you have transcribed the individual letters of a word correctly but its meaning remains unclear.

Why not check the DSL and see if it holds the answer?

The Dictionary covers the etymology, variant spellings, and quotations which illustrate the word being deployed in context.

Dictionary of the Scots Language / Dictionar o the Scots Leid

The Dictionary of the Scots Language comprises electronic versions of the two major historical dictionaries of the Scots language. These were the 12-volume Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue and the 10-volume Scottish National Dictionary with its two supplements (1976 and 2005).

The original project to create the Dictionary of the Scots Language was based at the University of Dundee and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board. It ran from 2001 to 2004.

Click here to access the Dictionary of the Scots Language.

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