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Plea to put Scottish tongue on a par with the Gaelic

A CAMPAIGN was launched today to see the Scots language officially recognised and given its own oversight board north of the border. 

Oor Vyce, a collective of artists, academics and campaigners, wants the Scottish Parliament to pass a law similar to the 2005 Gaelic Language Act to promote “the Mither Tongue.”

The group would also like to see an oversight board established similar to Bord na Gaidhlig, to raise the status and profile of Scots.

In the 2011 census one in three people in Scotland, about half a million, declared that they were able to speak Scots, and the language is recognised as a regional language under the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages. 

Oor Vyce founder Jack Capener said: “It’s time for Scots voices to be heard. Despite its prevalence in everyday life, Scots lacks any sort of official status. 

“There’s no legislation in place recognising it. We need to protect and promote it like Gaelic.”

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