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Scottish Census 2011 - 27th March

Dundee, Perthshire, Fife

The dialects of Dundee, Perthshire, Fife and the neighbouring counties are linked but each area has its own characteristics and different accents. In Dundee the dialect is largely like that of Scots spoken to the south and west but there are some characteristics that stand out. The best known characteristic of Dundonian is the eh sound as in the sentence "Eh hud meh eh on a peh" (I had my eye on a pie). In this dialect people usually say hoo (how), whit (what), whaur (where), whan (when), which marks them out from Doric speakers further north who say foo, fit, far and fan

Much of the Scots spoken in this region is similar to that found in Central Scotland, but the accent, or way people pronounce things, is obviously different. For example, the fishing communities of the East Neuk of Fife and the old mining communities of the west of Fife both have distinct ways of pronouncing the dialect, the people of the East Neuk tending to raise the pitch at the end of sentences.

In this part of Scotland you will sometimes hear people call the way they speak Scots but others just refer to it by the name of the region or the place they live. So, for example, a person in Cowdenbeath who speaks the dialect could either say they speak Cowdenbeath, or they speak Fife.

You can hear Scots spoken with different accents in the city of Dundee, Perth and Kinross, the whole of Fife and Calckmannan. Towns in this region include Anstruther (Ainster), Alloa, Auchterarder (Auchterairder), Cowdenbeath (Coudenbaith), Cupar, Dunfermline (Dumfaurlin), Dunkeld (Dunkell), Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Perth and St Andrews (St Aundraes).

Click on the audio links to hear people from this area speaking Scots.