ee sweet : A Digital Visual Glossary of Architecture in English and Scots

The mobile app „ee sweet“ demonstrates how closely language has been historically related to the built environment. The language and number of terms used to describe an element or its condition reveal much about what was of greater or lesser importance at a particular time and place.

Architectural terminology represents an area of cultural heritage that directly connects Intangible Cultural Heritage – in this case, language – with Tangible Cultural Heritage – commonly understood as the heritage of the material environment.

Architectural glossaries are produced in large numbers as “architecture spotter’s guides”, both analogue and digital. Yet they are often limited to a few ‘Western’ countries’ languages, and ‘minority languages’ are rarely represented. This app explores how a ‘minority language’, in this case, Scots, can be inserted into the genre of digital glossaries of architecture. However, the app is more than just an instrument of knowledge transfer; it invites the user to interact and add their own terms of architecture.

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Glesca

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Gargoyle

Engl. (Scots. Gergon)

Gergon

Scots (Engl. Gargoyle)

Kneeler

Engl. (Scots Skewputt)

Skewputt

Scots (Engl. Kneeler)

Grotesque

Engl. (Scots Marmouset)

Marmouset

Scots (Engl. Grotesque)