Spoken in the city itself and increasingly in surrounding
Like all urban dialects Aberdeen suffers
from a loss of much particularly Scots vocabulary. The
pronunciation of Aberdeen Scots is essentially mid
Consonants usually have the same phonetic
in as in Standard English.
Words that traditionally have Medial and
Final <ch> /x/
are increasingly taking the pronunciations of their Standard
English cognates i.e. bought (bocht), draught (draucht),
enough (eneuch), laugh (lauch), night (nicht), right (richt),
rough (roch), sight (sicht) and tight (ticht) etc. /x/
remains in words with no Standard English cognates like
loch but pronunciations with /k/
are spreading among the young.
Initial <wh> pronounced /f/
is still widespread but words like white, whin
and whisky have /ʍ/.
/w/ is spreading among the youngest speakers.
The initial <th> in words like thaim,
that and this is often elided i.e. 'em,
'at and 'is.
The is often elided to 'ee' /i/.
Vowels and diphthongs are generally pronounced
the same as mid
The <ui> generally takes
the Mid Northern Scots pronunciation /i/
but /u/ is spreading
in many common words with Standard English cognates.
In words like dew, few, spew and new the
has replaced the traditional /jʌu/.
Glottal stops for final /t/
and /k/ and medial
/t/in words like
bat, night, bottle, watter and back, are not widespread
in Aberdeen Scots except among the young. The /t/
often simply being omitted.