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Scots language: A West Germanic variety spoken in southern Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland, which has been identified as either a separate language from English or (over-simplistically) a dialect of English, according to various cultural and linguistic perspectives; shares much with English due to a shared linguistic history, but has developed separately for many centuries.
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- Indo-European languages : A group of several hundred languages, including the majority of languages spoken in Europe, the Plateau of Iran and the subcontinent of India, that share a considerable common vocabulary and linguistic features.
- Germanic languages : Branch of the Indo-European language family, initially spoken in northern and central Europe and now spread over many parts of the world.
- West Germanic languages : Branch of the Germanic language family, broadly comprising all varieties of English (including Scots), German, Dutch, Afrikaans, Yiddish and Frisian.
- Scotland : A country that forms the northernmost part of the United Kingdom; population about 5,200,000.
- Northern Ireland : Part of the United Kingdom comprising six of the nine counties of the Irish province of Ulster; population about 1,800,000.
- Ulster-Scots : Varieties of the Scots language spoken in the north of Ireland.
- English language : A West Germanic language widely spoken in the United Kingdom, its territories and dependencies, Commonwealth countries and former colonial outposts of the British Empire; has developed the status of a global language.
- Scottish English : All varieties of English spoken in Scotland; may not include Scots where this is identified as a language in its own right.
- Scottish Gaelic language : A Goidelic Celtic language spoken in Scotland and Canada.