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Scots language skills: 9-way classification

  • Mnemonic reference


  • Applicability


  • Type

    Derived variable


A person aged three and over is classified with skills in Scots if they can do one or more of the following:

  • Understand spoken Scots
  • Speak Scots
  • Read Scots, or
  • Write Scots


Total number of categories 10

Code Name
0 Understands spoken Scots only
1 Speaks, reads and writes Scots
2 Speaks but does not read or write Scots
3 Speaks and reads but does not write Scots
4 Reads but does not speak or write Scots
5 Writes but does not speak or read Scots
6 Reads and writes but does not speak Scots
7 Other combination of skills in Scots
8 No skills in Scots
X No code required - comprises schoolchildren and full-time students living away from home during term time.

Source question or variables

LANGSKILLS (Primary variable)