90,000 in United Kingdom (1999 B. Kay). 60,000 in Lallans, 30,000 in Doric. Population total all countries: 100,000.
Scotland lowlands, Aberdeen to Ayrshire; Northern Ireland. Doric dialect: northeast Scotland; Lallans dialect: southern Scotland lowlands; Ulster in Northern Ireland. Also in Ireland.
Doric, Lallans, Ulster. Difficult intelligibility among dialects. Northern Scots on the Scottish Islands is considered by some a different language (Shetlandic or Orcadian). Lallans is main literary dialect. Scots is most similar to English [eng] and Frisian.
SVO; prepositions; genitives, 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
1,500,000 speak it as L2. Home, community. All ages. Also use English [eng].