Welsh English Dialect is the latest title in the highly successful Dialect series from Bradwell Books and features a selection of words and anecdotes from around Wales.
Fuelled by the pronunciation, grammar and words of a former Celtic language (Welsh, or Cymraeg), Wales’ English dialect - “Welsh English” - resonates loudly in the ‘Land of Song’.
The book covers a range of these Welsh English expressions: from words of the southern Valleys to those in North Wales; from jocular sayings of the eastern Borders to those along the western Gower coastline. Provided throughout are insights into some of these words’ origins and anecdotal stories associated with them. Also, within its pages are collections of occupational words from historical workplaces such as the Welsh mines and farms, as well as unique Welsh terminology related to children’s games, food customs and cultural traditions.
Much has been written about Wales’s English dialects in the past, and the country has been subject to several dialect glossaries, often with a focus on the South Welsh valleys. The aim of this book, however, is to expand upon these glossaries, to not only include the lingo of the beloved valleys, but also to include English words from across Wales as well as from all walks of life, past and present. These include mining and farming words, as well as the language of children’s games and well-known phrases. This book is not only a glossary of Welsh English dialects but also of English terminology used in Wales and Welsh culture, from Welsh cuisine to cultural traditions. Along with the dictionary, this volume aims to shed light on some traditions from Wales that you may not have read about. Perhaps you weren’t aware of the names of traditional medieval Welsh instruments, or maybe you’ve been perplexed by the original naming method for Welsh children?
Many of these cultural bara-bits may, understandably, be of Welsh-language origin (English throughout Wales is a relatively new phenomenon), but today they are commonly used with pride by English speakers living in Wales too. In fact, there are some terms from that glorious Celtic language which are quite untranslatable, and have entered Welsh English as ‘loan words’.
This book is a celebration of the way the English language is used in Wales. Its intention isn’t academic, but its subject should be thought-provoking to all. The words you find in this book are words that have been genuinely recorded at some point from speakers, either recently or from the near past. Previous glossaries, poems and academic surveys have been scoured to provide a brief, but wholesome, picture of the way English has been used in Wales. Every effort has been made to obtain distinctly unique words from Wales. I have therefore endeavoured to leave out colloquial speech which may be spoken in other areas of the UK which may be found in other popular glossaries in the Bradwell Dialect series. This is a small volume, though, so if a dialectal word or subject you love hasn’t made it in, please don’t feel like it’s any less important than entries that have!
Released: June 2016
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Benjamin A Jones