From Inglis To Scots (FITS) is an AHRC-funded project that surveys the variation in spelling within the earliest recorded period of Scots. Our source data is found in A Linguistic Atlas of Older Scots, also developed at Edinburgh. The project’s objective is to understand Older Scots’ sound system and trace it back, word by word, sound by sound and letter by letter to its sources in the different dialects of Old English, Old Norse and beyond.
What will the FITS corpora do?
The project’s output will be a corpus of forms (here the spelling and sound values of Germanic root-morphemes in LAOS), accompanied by a corpus of changes tracing the attested forms back to their proposed etymological sources. The two corpora will be linked at various levels and feature a number of searching, cross-referencing, dating, and mapping capabilities.