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Scottish Census 2011 - 27th March

West Central

Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Dunbartonshire, Ayrshire, West Central Scotland.

Scots has been spoken in this region since the Middle Ages. The dialect covers a large area and is known by language experts as West Central Scots, though speakers usually call their dialect by the name of the place they live so someone might say, for example, that they speak Paisley.

Within Glasgow a distinct city dialect is also spoken which is sometimes called The Patter. The Glasgow region is also noted for introducing new words and phrases to Scots and the local form of speech can be heard in TV programmes like Chewin the Fat and Still Game and in movies such as Neds, Sweet Sixteen and Ratcatcher.

Throughout the whole region people say wean (child) rather than bairn. In this region it is common to find people using the word know rather than ken which is found in most other regions.

Places where you can hear Scots spoken in this region include Dunbartonshire, the city of Glasgow, Lanarkshire, North Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, Campbeltown (Cammletoun), Cumbernauld (Cummernaud), Dumbarton, Glasgow (Glesga), Greenock, Hamilton, Kilmarnock (Kilmaurnock), Largs (Lairgs), Motherwell, Paisley, Rothesay (Rossay) and Wishaw (Wishae) as well as Arran, Bute and Kintyre. Generally speaking, north Ayrshire and Lanarkshire tend to be more traditional spoken than the region around Glasgow which has seen more change and innovation.

In Ayr and Lanark people use traditional Scots words such as awa, braw, nicht, muckle (away, fine, night, great/much) and, generally, people in this dialect use forms such as abin, gid, shae, pair and yin (above, good, shoe, poor and one).

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