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October 9, 2012 By Andy Ross

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A peerie coarn o dialect.

The recent news that the last speaker of a dialect in Scotland has gone got me thinking about the wonderful dialect in the islands. Shetland's dialect is a lovely mixture of sounds and it is simply impossible to put some of the words into English. I have been reading Christine De Luca's poetry while working on our textile tour brochure (we have been given permission to use one of her poems in the literature), and really enjoying the way the dialect rolls around in the mouth. It is especially interesting as a singer because the words are full of unique sounds and vowels that carry the songs notes easily and lightly. For more information about Shetland dialect, have a look at http://www.shetlanddialect.org.uk/.