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"That any bright Scot ... could and usually did receive a sound education was an important feature of what one scholar has called Scotland's most enduring contribution to western civilization, the concept of the 'democratic intellect'"
~ J. Bumsted
Scotland is a country with a diverse linguistic heritage, influenced by a mixture of both Germanic and Celtic languages. Today, the three primary languages spoken in Scotland are Scottish English, (Lowland) Scots, and Scottish Gaelic. Scottish Gaelic even spread across the Atlantic, where it took root in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. After mixing with the languages of the early French pioneers and indigenous First Nations people, Scottish Gaelic transformed into the unique dialect that is Canadian Gaelic.