New publication on Orkney and Shetland dialect grammar
A new article by Dr Ragnhild Ljosland explores the be-perfect in Orkney and Shetland dialect, for example when speakers say "I'm never seen her". Does it come from the extinct Scandinavian language, Norn, as has been claimed by other researchers in the past? Ragnhild has a different explanation.
You can read the whole article for free, here:
Ljosland, Ragnhild. 2017. ‘The be-perfect in transitive constructions in Orkney and Shetland Scots: Influenced by Norn or not?’. In Cruickshank, Janet and Robert McColl Millar (eds.) 2017. Before the Storm: Papers from the Forum for Research on the Languages of Scotland and Ulster triennial meeting, Ayr 2015. Aberdeen: Forum for Research on the Languages of Scotland and Ireland, 107-27. ISBN: 978-0-9566549-4-6.