New founs fae auld larachs : leid-plannin for Scots
After introducing the concepts of language maintenance and language-planning, the thesis outlines the current status of a selection of European minority languages. These are later drawn upon in order to make comparisons about the present state of Scots and possible ways forward for its language activists. The language's identity crisis and consequent problems for language maintenance are examined, and the conclusion reached that major intervention in both status and corpus planning is required for the language to have any secure future. Potential areas for status planning are discussed, focusing on the options for the short and medium terms. The latter part of the thesis concentrates on the problems for corpus-planners, discussing the alternatives for solutions in the fields of orthography, lexicon and grammar. The greatest problem for Scots is the depth of public and official ignorance surrounding it. The author's argument is that will only change when Scots' own advocates understand that the case for language maintenance is more than a case for Scots poetry. Rather, it implies an extensive campaign for status-planning measures, most of which have implications in the field of corpus planning. The thesis is written in Scots.