Scots is NOT a seperate language to other forms of English!

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The Scots dialect of Lowland Scotland is not a seperate language to English, it's serived from the English Germanic branch of Indo-European languages, along with other forms of English such as Kentish, Wessaxen, Northumbrian etc.

Scots Gadhlig is a seperate language and is derived from the Goidelic (Gaelic, Q-Celtic) branch of Indo-European, it was introduced to the Highlands & Islands of Northern Britain by the Scotti Gaels who invaded Britain in the 6th century creating the Kingdoms of Alba & Caledonia:

The rest of modern-day Scotland spoke two seperate Brittonic (British, P-Celtic) langauges: Pictish Brittonic in the North and Cumbric Brittonic in the Lowlands of Scotland and Cumbria.

For example, the following shows how other forms of English language are spelt differently, just like Scots etc. but this does not mean the regional dialect as a seperate language: Devon (Dewnsans) English Dialect: Not a seperate language from other forms of ENGLISH:

ACKER (Sax.), acre.
AFFEARD, afraid.
AGEEST, afraid/astonished.
AGO, just gone, nearly dead.
AGGING, egging on, raising quarrels.
AKETHER, quoth he.
ALKITOTLE, a silly elf.
ALL ABROAD, open ("the door is all abroad").
ALLER, a pinswell, whitloe.
ALLERNBATCH, an old sore.
AN, than. ("more an zo" - more than so).
ANEEST, near. ("I wont go aneest en").
APRILL'D, soured, or turning sour.
APURT, sullen, silent, with a gloating.
ANSNEY, to anticipate, look, bad news.
AQUOTT, squatted, weary of eating.
ARG, to argue, dispute.
ART, eight; ARTEEN, eighteen.
ASLAT, cracked (like a pot).
ASNEGER, an ass.
AVROAR, frozen or frosty.
AGOON, soon.
BAK, to beat.
BARRA, a gelt pig.
BARTON, a large demesne.
BATE, to quarrel.
BED ALE, ale brewed for a christening.
BEING/BIN, because.
BELLYHARM, the colic.
BEE LIPPEN, a bee hive.
BETWIT, to upbraid/repeat a matter.
BESCUMMER, to foul with dirty linen.
BIBBLE, to drink often.
BILLID, distracted/mad.
BOTE, part, and past tense of to buy.
BRACK, flaw.
BIVER, to shake/quiver.
BLID, blood.
BLOGGY, to be sullen.
BOOSTERING, to labour busily so as to sweat.
BOWERLY, blooming ("a comely bowerly woman").
BUCKLE, a struggle.
BUDDLED, suffocated.
BULHAGGLE, a scarecrow.
CAWBABY, an awkward timid bod.
CHAM, I am.
CHAVE, I have.
CHELL, I shall.
CHETS, kittens.
CHILBLADDER, chilblains.
CHURN, a bad woman.
CHUPS, cheeks/chops.
CLATHERS, clothes.
COB/CLOBB, mud, loam and straw building.
COCKABEL, an icicle.
COCKHEDGE, a (quickset) hedge.
COCKLEERT, when cock crows.
COLE, any kind of cabbage.
COMBE, a hollow between two hills open at one end only.
COMMERCING, as "conversing".
CONDIDDLE, to waste/convey away secretly.
CONDUDLE, conceit.
COPPER FINCH, a chaffinch.
CLOPPING, lame, limping.
CLUME BUZZA, an earthenware pan.
COALVARTY, a bed/to warm a bed with a warming pan.
CORNIWILLIN, a lapwing.
CORROSY, a grudge or ill-will.
CORT, caught.
COTTEN, to beat soundly.
COUCH PAWED/HANDED, awkward/left-handed.
COURTLAGE, the fore or backyard of a house.
COWAL, a fish-woman's basket.
COZING/COOZING, loitering/soaking.
CRAZED, cracked.
CREWDLING, sensible of cold.
CREWNTING, grunting/complaining.
CRICKS, dry hedgewood.
CRICKLE TO, to bend.
CHRISEMORE, an unchristened child.
CROPEING, stingy.
CRUEL, very.
CLEVES, cliffs.
CLEAR AND SHEER, completely/totally.
DAB, an adept.
DAGGLE, to run like a young child.
DAPS, the exact likeness of.
DAVER, to fade like a flower.
DAWCOCK, a silly fellow.
DEEF, rotten/corrupted.
DIMMET, the dusk of the evening.
DINDER, thunder.
DISHWATER, water wagtail.
DIZZEN, a dozen.
DO, to be done ("to be do").
DOAN, wet, damp bread.
DESPERD, very/extremely.
DIDDLECOME, half-mad/sorely vexed.
DIRSH, a thrush.
DUDDER, to deafen with noise.
DOATTIE, to nod the head in sleep while sitting up.
DOLL, to toll (as a bell).
DON/DOFF, to put on/off.
EART, sometimes.
ELLEM TREE, elm tree.
ELONG, slanting.
ELSH, new.
EN, him ("I told en").
EUTE, pour out.
ETH, earth.
FADGE, to fare ("how d'ye fadge?")
FITTY, clever.
FLICKETS, flushes in the face.
FORE-RIGHT, honest (person).
FUMP, essence of.
GANMER, mistress/an old woman.
GATFER, an old man.
GRAMMER, grandmother.
GRANFER, grandfather.
GUDDLE, to drink greedily.
GUIT, a joint.
HOOP, a bullfinch.
HULDER, hide or conceal.
HULVE, to turn over.
HELL, to pour.
HEND, to throw.
HATCH, fancy wish.
LIE A BIER, lie dead.
LEW, sheltered/defended from storms.
LIDDEN, a tale/theme/subject.
LONGFUL, long in regard to time.
MANG, to mix.
MEECH, to play truant.
ORT, anything.
RAY, to dress.
READSHIP, confidence, trust.
SHORD, a gap in the hedge.
SUENT, even, smooth.
SWANT, proper.
TAFFETY, delicate on the palate.
TANG, to tie.
TILBY, testy.
TINE, to shut/close.
TUT-WORK, piece-work.
TWILY, troublesome, irksome.
TRAPER, a slut.
UPSETTING, Christening.
UNRAY, to undress.
UNKET, dreary, dismal.
VANG, to receive/earn.
VAUGHT, fetched.
WARD, to wade.
WASHDISH, a wagtail.
WANT, a mole.
WHOP, a heavy blow.
WOODQUIST, wood-pigeon.
ZAT, soft.
ZAUNDY, to swoon.
ZIT, sit.
ZO, so.
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The Scots form of English is only recognised by some as a seperate language to other forms of English because of the Political basis. Both Cumbric and Pictish are no-longer spoken in Southern and Northern Scotland and the Scottish form of Gaelic survives chiefly in the Western Isles, where it's been spoken since the 6th century.

Why isn't the West-Country form of the English language, or any other form of English looked-upon as being a seperate language!, the Scots dialect should not be treated any differently as any other English Regional dialect. The only modern surviving Celtic languages in the Northwestern Europe are Irish Gaelic, Scots Gadhlig, Manx Gaelgeg, Cymraeg, Kernewek and Breizhoneg.

The following are not languages, but regional dialects of the English language: Scots, Mercian, Kentish, Wessaxen, Northumbrian etc. Why isn't the English language spoken in Ireland called Irish?, or the English language spoken in Wales and Cornwall: Welsh & Cornish?.
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SCOTS [SCO] 100,000 (1999 Billy Kay) including 60,000 in Lallans, 30,000 in Doric, 10,000 in Ulster. Population total both countries 100,000. Dialects: DORIC, LALLANS, ULSTER. Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, English.

Population 100,000 (1999 Billy Kay) including 60,000 in Lallans, 30,000 in Doric, 10,000 in Ulster. Population total both countries 100,000.
Region All of Scotland except highlands: lowlands: Aberdeen to Ayrshire. Northern Ireland. Doric dialect in northeastern Scotland, Lallans in South Scotland lowlands, Ulster in Northern Ireland. Also spoken in Ireland.
Classification Indo-European, Germanic, West, English.
Comments Difficult intelligibility among dialects. Northern Scots on the Scottish Islands is considered by some to be a different language (Shetlandic or Orcadian). Doric and Ulster are inherently intelligible to speakers, but difficulties are common in speech and writing. Lallans is the main literary dialect. Ulster Scots has its own development group. Scots is closest to English and Frisian. English is considered to be the language of education and religion. Used with family and friends. All ages. 1,500,000 speak it as second language. Dictionary. SVO; prepositions; gentivies, articles, adjectives, numerals before noun heads; relatives without noun heads; question word initial; 2 prefixes, 1 suffix; word order distinguishes subjects, objects, indirect objects, given and new information, topic and comment; affixes indicate genitive case of noun phrase; passives; comparatives; CVC; nontonal. Literacy rate in second language: 97% English. Poetry, magazines. Christian. NT 1901-1984.

Also spoken in:
Ireland English dialect name SCOTS
Comments English is considered to be the language of education and religion. Used with family and friends. All ages. Christian. NT 1901-1984. See main entry under United Kingdom.

Different forms of the ENGLISH Language: English (5)
ENGLISH [ENG] (United Kingdom)
ANGLOROMANI [RME] (United Kingdom)
SCOTS [SCO] (United Kingdom)