Released: April 2015
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Natalie Braber
This book will help you understand the unique and ancient Nottinghamshire dialect and have you talking like a native in no time. 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.
I have lived in Nottingham for almost ten years now. When I first moved here – after living in Amsterdam, Glasgow, St Andrews, Berlin and Manchester – the language used by the local people and all its wonderful sounds quickly started to fascinate me. This language was obviously different to the other varieties of English that I had come across before, or indeed used myself! There were influences from the way people use language in the north of England while at the same time I heard features that I would expect to hear in more southern varieties of English. One of the first things I did in Nottingham was going into a ‘Cob Shop’ just to see what they sold there, because ‘cob’, used like that, was a word I had never come across before!
I moved to Nottingham to work as a linguist at Nottingham Trent University. Much of my work means looking into language and identity as well as the use of emotion in language. When I decided to see what research had been carried out about my new home town and Nottinghamshire, I found there was very little, and almost nothing written by academics. This was really interesting: it suggested that this variety of language was either not worth studying, or not considered sufficiently different to other regions. Neither of these two possibilities I believed to be true. And ever since this time I have been working on language in the East Midlands.
Some people believe that the language used in Nottinghamshire can be hard to recognise. Or they find it difficult to pinpoint where exactly people use it – particularly for people who are not from the area. Some local dialect books even mention examples of words and sentences written without spaces between them, to show how confusing it can be. In this book, I have tried to gather information from many different fields of interest that symbolise Nottinghamshire – children’s games, life at home, and work in the coalmines, farms and factories. I have also looked at well-known books from this part of the world. In such a small volume, there is of course not scope to cover everything. Some of you may feel that essential subjects have been missed. However, I hope this book gets you talking and makes for an entertaining read.