Digi­tised Doric to ap­peal to younger au­di­ence

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An in­ter­ac­tive Doric por­tal will al­low ac­cess to a trea­sure trove of works in the lan­guage.

The project, built on a series of re­cent ef­forts to en­hance Doric’s pop­u­lar­ity, is a part­ner­ship be­tween Robert Gor­don Univer­sity, the El­phin­stone In­sti­tute at Aberdeen Univer­sity, and the li­brary ser­vices in Aberdeen, Aberdeen­shire and Mo­ray.

Pro­fes­sor Peter Reid, of RGU, is the driv­ing force be­hind the project, and hopes the por­tal will be un­veiled in April or May.

He is con­fi­dent that by digi­tis­ing “lost” texts from li­brary col­lec­tions and pre­sent­ing the

“We have some in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant writ­ing in Doric”

ma­te­rial in new ways, he can raise Doric’s pro­file among young peo­ple.

Prof Reid said: “We are ex­cited about this plan, be­cause there is a rich col­lec­tion of Doric lit­er­a­ture, let­ters, po­etry and songs which have never been col­lated in the one place be­fore.

“The por­tal will present some of the best ex­am­ples of Doric writ­ing from peo­ple such as Charles Mur­ray, Flora Garry, John Milne, John Caie and Lewis Gras­sic Gib­bon and it will sit along­side some other ma­te­ri­als which have other­wise be­come dif­fi­cult to ac­cess.

“We have some in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant writ­ing in Doric but there are a lot of other lesser known works out there too.

“We are digi­tis­ing some of the ‘lost’ texts from the li­brary col­lec­tions and will also be pre­sent­ing the back­ground to the works, in­for­ma­tion about their au­thors and the places and events men­tioned.”

Im­ages and au­dio will also be in­cluded, which the team hope will ap­peal to a younger au­di­ence.

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