A rare dialect that is only spoken by two elderly brothers is to be recorded for posterity before it disappears.
Bobby Hogg, 87, and his brother Gordon, 80, are believed to be the last fluent speakers of the “Cromarty fisher dialect”…
It evolved when local fishermen in the town of Cromarty, on the Black Isle north of Inverness, picked up words from English soldiers based in the area in the 17th and 18th centuries…
A spokesman for Am Baile, a Highland internet archive, said it was important to capture a recording of the last two speakers.
Robin McColl Miller [sic: should be Millar] of Aberdeen University’s English department said the Cromarty fisher dialect was the most threatened in Scotland, and one of five different dialects once found in the same small area.
The story has a selection of dialect phrases (Thee’re no talkin’ licht ‘You are quite right’; Ut aboot a wee suppie for me ‘Can I have a drink too?’) and a link to an audio sample.
Thanks for the link, Paul!