This book will help you understand the unique and ancient Gloucestershire dialect. Perfect for both residents and visitors to the county, the book includes a dictionary to help you develop an altogether new vocabulary, plus a wonderful collection of tales and anecdotes, all chosen to illustrate different aspects of the delightful local dialect.
From cheese to wool to King Alfred the Great, Gloucestershire has long been recognised for its contribution to the world. But there’s even more to the county, not least its fascinating dialect! Whether it is the speech of the New Forest, the language of Gloucester or its many quirky local idioms, you’ll find a ‘bundation’ of things to discover in this book! Relax and you’ll see that it’s no ‘limb’ to explore the local dialect! You can also get to know some fascinating local sayings from the past.
Gloucestershire is a place of contrasts that are just as interesting as its dialect. It’s little wonder that so many writers and poets (dialect and otherwise) have been inspired by this place, from Laurie Lee to Dennis Potter to F.W. Harvey. You can also find out why Gloucestershire’s most famous folk song is widely believed to hide a secret political message. If you want history, you’ll discover it in the county’s links with Alfred the Great, the Domesday Book, the world’s first lawnmower and much more! If you’re looking for literature, you’ll find it in words and songs that have enchanted and intrigued people all over the world. You’ll also uncover some surprising links with the world’s best-loved doctor and boy wizard!
You can also learn why lions used to roam the hillsides of the Cotswolds and why the Gloucestershire dialect is spoken in the South Pacific. Plus, you can read about how two of our best-loved Christmas songs – and the American national anthem – have their roots in this county… So if you’d like to know more about Gloucestershire and the language of its people, read on!
Pronouncing Gloucestershire dialect
The letter ‘A’ is pronounced ‘AH’ in repeating the alphabet. In Gloucester and some other parts of the county the long A is pronounced ‘EE’ by the middle classes; thus, ‘I’ll take a halfpenny cake for the baby’ becomes ‘I’ll teek an eepennykeek for the beeby’. On the other hand, the broad A sound as in ‘father’ is frequently further broadened into ‘AW’; thus, ‘the spaw’, ‘a fawthing’.
In some parts of the Hundred of Berkeley the A does not have the long broad sound of ‘father’, but the short A of the German ‘mann’. In this way all words ending in ‘ange’ are pronounced as ‘change’, ‘range’, ‘mange’, ‘strange’, ‘danger’ etc.; that is, like ‘flange’, but with the above short broad A.
Released: October 2015
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Eve Chipping