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This book will help you understand the unique and ancient Somerset 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.
Although dialects are still evident in everyday speech from different parts of the country, they are nowhere near as common or as diverse as they used to be. This gradual extinction has been noted and mourned by writers and antiquarians over many years, and huge efforts have been made to capture the colloquial speech of men and women from various parts of the country.
Somerset is an ancient and mystical part of the British Isles, and the research for this book has taken me on a journey down winding country lanes, in and out of apple orchards, into caves, up and down hills and even to the Holy Land. The pure dialect of this part of Britain is as close as any modern speech to the language of our Anglo-Saxon forbears, and as such it triggers moments of almost recognition as rediscovered ancient words are echoed in modern pronunciation and usage.
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 Somerset dialect. The anecdotes may be long or short, complicated or simple, but all contain genuine examples of Somerset dialect as gathered by myself or recorded by historians and collectors over the years.
I hope this book might contribute in some small way to preserving a few of the words which were once in common use but which now face extinction.
Released: April 2013
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Louise Maskill