Released: September 2014
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Brendan Hawthorne
This book will help you understand the unique and ancient Warwickshire 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.
Before we start I want you to imagine what it would be like listening back through centuries of speech patterns, and then try to tease out and recognise those roots in the way people from Warwickshire speak today, whether those word roots be Scandinavian, Northern European, Central European, Southern European – and, of course, whether they be Shakespearean!
Warwickshire was a meeting point not only for invading forces and settlers but also for industry and agriculture. If we travel from the industrialised north of the county to the more rural and agricultural south most visitors and locals alike will hear what is generally termed as a ‘Midland’ accent. Listen more closely and you will hear subtle shifts, from Coventry dialects through to ‘light Brummy’ and on to dialects more akin to the borders of Oxfordshire.
A thousand years ago the county of Warwickshire was seen administratively as part of the ancient Kingdom of Mercia. However, over the intervening years, Warwickshire’s borders have changed considerably, gaining towns and villages with one stroke of the pen whilst others have been lost in shaping and defining the county as it is today.
I hope that you enjoy your journey through the pages of this book. Regard it as a taster, an invitation if you will, to look deeper into the stories, language and traditions of this ancient shire. This book has been written out of an intense interest in a beautiful county once described ‘as typical a county as can be found anywhere’, with both respect and humour!