Rob Gibson SNP MSP for Highlands and Islands has welcomed the Scottish Government's commitment to commission an audit of the Scots language.
Mr Gibson said:
“I fully support the announcement by Culture Minister Linda Fabiani who told BBC Scotland Sunday Live that the responses of the public, private and voluntary sectors will be audited with regards to their views on the uses of Scots. Since it is the daily speech of around one and half million Scots this is long overdue.
"It is a breath of fresh air from the Scottish Government who is taking seriously the strengthening of Scottish self esteem by studying the attitudes towards Scots.
"Whether it is the rich Caithness tongue or Ayrshire Lowland Scots from the land of Burns it is a significant event in the moves to end the neglect and denigration of one of our native languages."