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Bristol, the unofficial capital city of the South West of England, has a warm-toned and sing-song dialect with distinct influences from the local Somerset and Gloucestershire dialects, but which has also been influenced by Welsh, Cornish and by maritime visitors down the centuries; Bristol has always been a major trading port, and as with other maritime cities, incoming speech patterns have left their mark in the local dialect. The speech of the city is known for the length of its vowels, the Bristol L and the sometimes confusing interchange of tenses and pronouns, but above all it is a friendly and welcoming dialect, to match the city and its people.
The first part of this book is an A to Z of words and phrases arranged with their meanings and a few examples of usage, while the second part contains a collection of anecdotes, stories, rhymes and curiosities, all arranged by theme. Some of the words in the A to Z are now in common use in everyday English, but the aim is to indicate their provenance in the old Bristol dialect. The anecdotes may be long or short, complicated or simple, but all contain genuine examples of Bristol dialect as gathered by Louise or recorded by historians and collectors over the years.
Released: September 2014
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Louise Maskill