The Glasgow 'toonheid vernacular' is certainly the most vital and widespread if least prestigious form of present-day Scots. No comprehensive description has existed so far, Macauley's sociolinguistic research having barely scratched the surface. Caroline Macafee's long introduction to the emergence and present distribution of the variety is not only a memorable feat in itself, it is also closely related to the 73 texts, which include a substantial portion of natural speech and an impressive array of naturalistic and stereotyped language as used in poetry, drama and literary prose.
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SYMBOLS AND CONVENTIONS
THE ENGLISH OF GLASGOW
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aboot accent Agutter Ah mean Ah think Ah'd Ah'm Ah've areas Big Yin Billy Connolly Central Scotland Chris class speakers Code-switching colloquial con deleted doon Doreen drink Drunk Edinburgh English fuckin gaun gettin girl Glasgow Glasgow dialect Glasgow speech goat gonnae HibE Highland English intae intonation James Kelman Jimmy Jimmy Reid jist joab Labour language lexical incidence lexis linguistic localised speech Macaulay Macgreegor Mackie middle class Molly Weir non-standard nonce word Notes phonetic phrase Radio Clyde realisation roon ROUGER Scots form Scottish Scottish literature slang ex social Speitel spellings St ScE standard Stanley Baxter stereotype Strathclyde Regional Council style syllables TEXT There's Tiger Tiger Tim Tom Leonard transcription variants vowel Vowel Length wean West of Scotland whit Willie ye know ye're Yeah young youse