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16 October 2014
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It's spelt w-h-a-u-p, 'whaup'Sally Young

Sally Young is an organic farmer. Her produce is served in prestigious restaurants like Cayenne and Shanks, among others. She also sells at local farmers markets around County Down.

Growing up, Sally found that speaking Ulster-Scots was frowned upon, and she was made to feel like a second class citizen for speaking the tongue.

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"He used to cut the knuckles off us with the cane. He used to slap us for speaking and say it wasn't proper, that we'd never get anywhere".

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Sally's no stranger to ambitious projects - she's currently translating parts of the Bible into Ulster-Scots! Her aptitude for the language has been useful elsewhere - it’s even helped her to read Chaucer.

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"She says, 'Oh, you've got the translation?' I says, 'Not at all,' I says, 'that's just the way I talk at home.'"

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The 'braid tongue' causes a great deal of heated debate. In this extract, Sally relates an argument she had with someone over the true status of Ulster-Scots. Listen to the arguments for and against Ulster-Scots.

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"I had a man say the other night, we were in company and he said to me, 'Oh, this Ulster-Scots it’s only a dialect - it’s not a proper language.'"

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