Scottish Language in the Scottish Play
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0039 Monday, 26 January 2009
From: Jack Heller <
Date: Thursday, 22 Jan 2009 17:18:02 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Scottish Language in the Scottish Play
I spent some time last week reading King James's _Demonology_ and the
_News from Scotland_. The _Demonology_ has moments which reflect, I
think, an early Scottish dialect, such as the use of quhat (what) and
freits (not sure what this is, but "frights" does not always seem to fit).
Some Jacobean plays, most notoriously Jonson's, Chapman's, and Marston's
_Eastward Ho!_ (1605) included satire on the Scottish dialect.
Are there any hints of the use of dialect in a related way in _Macbeth_?
I was thinking of Duncan's line in 1.6: "How you shall bid God 'ild us
for your pains?" Would this qualify as an example?
[Editor's Note: Fortuitously, I missed this query when it was originally
sent to me on January 12. It is appropriate, however, that I send it out
today, the day after the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns
<http://www.oxforddnb.com/public/dnb/4093.html>, which I learned about
from my receiving the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography "Life of
the Day", a free service of ODNB
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