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Poet and author Jackie Kay identifies the word "glaikit" as her favourite word. She reminisces about her Glaswegian childhood and describes Scots as a "great cauldron full of riches". She reads her poem 'Old Tongue', which laments the fact that those who move away from Scotland lose their Scottish words in the process. She says that she now has a nostalgic relationship with Scots as she lives in England. The poem communicates that people often miss the language of their homeland if they move away.
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20 June 2011

Classroom Ideas

Can be used as an illustrative example when studying dialect and accent as part of a spoken language study. Can also be used as a starting point when studying idiolect. Students can watch and discuss the clip focusing on how location can influence aspects of language use. Students could try to identify words and phrases in their own language use that originated in particular places.