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A History of the Scots Language

Part 4: The Confusion of Union

It is true that the nations are unius labii, and have not the first curse of disunion, which was confusion of tongues, whereby one understood not the other. But yet, the dialect is differing, and it remaineth a mark of distinction. But for that, tempori permittendum, it is to be left to time. For considering that both languages do concur in the principal office and duty of a language, which is to make a man’s self understood, for the rest it is rather to be accounted (as was said) a diversity of dialect than of language: and as I said in my first writing it is like to bring forth the enriching of one language, by compounding and taking in the proper and significant words of either tongue, rather than a continuance of two languages.

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