Overview and Statistics
Diagrammatic representation of the development of the historic Indo-European languages of Scotland:
|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.
Read more about this topic: Languages Of Scotland
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