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Released: September 2012
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
Perfect for both residents and visitors to the county, Cornish Dialect features a fascinating dictionary of local words, plus a wonderful collection of tales and anecdotes, all chosen to illustrate different aspects of the delightful local dialect.
Cornwall (Kernow) is the most southwesterly region of Great Britain. With over two hundred miles of coastline exposed to the sea and with the River Tamar as another boundary it makes the area where Cornish dialect is spoken more distinctly defined than any other area.
The Cornish are Celts and one of the six Celtic nations. This is probably the time to mention that the Cornish language, or Kernewek, comes from the Brythonic group of Celtic languages, which also includes Welsh and Breton. Some of the words used in Cornish dialect survived or were derived from Kernewek when the language was considered to be lost.
Today when the term Cornish dialect is used, it is understood to be a dialect of the English language spoken by a Celtic people in a Celtic territory. Sadly the days are gone when one small area in Cornwall talked in a different dialect and accent from another Cornish area. Many residents at this time could be identified by their dialect or accent as being from a certain part of Cornwall.
Today Cornish dialect speakers agree that it is a case of use it or lose it. In this book the Cornish dialect has been written phonetically in the hope that when read aloud the distinctive sound of the dialect will be heard. Sometimes the same word may be spelt differently to allow for the different accents from each area.