This book will help you understand the unique and ancient Sussex 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.
The county of Sussex has been a particular focus for these efforts. Dialect was preserved in some areas well into the twentieth century, helped by the county’s relative geographical inaccessibility behind the physical barriers of the Sussex Downs and the ancient forest of the Weald. This book represents a selection of words, phrases and anecdotes gathered from many different sources; one or two are even unique to this collection, contributed by Sussex natives of the author’s acquaintance!
The first part of the 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 Sussex dialect. The anecdotes may be long or short, complicated or simple, but all contain genuine examples of Sussex dialect as recorded by historians and collectors over the years. At the very least the stories should raise a smile, but if they also contribute to saving the dialect from total extinction, then so much the better.
Released: March 2014
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Louise Maskill