Speak For Yersel

Speak for Yersel is a crowdsourced linguistic survey that captures the different words, sounds and sentences used in Scots across Scotland and people’s reactions to these.

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Map showing survey responses for 'what do you call a soft drink', with answer 'ginger' displayed.
Map showing survey responses for 'what do you call a soft drink', with answer 'ginger' displayed.

Would you ever say It’s heavy good? And what about they trainers? Do you say swimsuit or dookers? Aye or yes? You or yous? And do you pronounce pie more like peye or peh? When you listen to other speakers, can you tell if someone is from Glasgow or Galloway? Does someone from Inverness sound friendlier than someone from Edinburgh? Speak for Yersel asks these questions in order to capture the different words, sounds and sentences used in Scots across Scotland and people’s reactions to these. But to do this, we need YOU! In the survey you’ll be asked questions about your own voice, and what you think about the voices of others. Your answers will be recorded in real time on a map, providing a snapshot of Scots in voices from Shetland in the far north to Stranraer in the south, and everything in between. You can also complete a number of quizzes on how you and others answered the survey questions. Further activities and maps let you explore more about the Scots used in Scotland today.


Main contact: Jennifer Smith

Developer: Brian Aitken

Start year: 2022

End year: 2022

Funded by: AHRC

Subject area: English Language & Linguistics

Keywords: Learning and TeachingMappingScots

Record last updated 2022-12-19