Languages of Scotland - Overview and Statistics

Overview and Statistics

Diagrammatic representation of the development of the historic Indo-European languages of Scotland:

Proto-Celtic Northumbrian Old Norse
Pritennic Brythonic Goidelic Early Northern Middle English
Pictish British Old Irish Early Scots Southern Middle English Norn
Cumbric Middle Irish Middle Scots Early Modern English
Gaelic Modern Scots Scottish English

According to the 2001 census Scottish Gaelic has 58,652 speakers (roughly 1% of the population of Scotland). In total 92,400 people aged three and over in Scotland had some Gaelic language ability in 2001. A Scottish Government study found out that 85% of Scotland's adult population speak Scots.

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