This book will help you understand the unique and ancient Yorkshire 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 all over Britain.
My grandparents and parents are proud Yorkshire folk from the West Riding, so even though I grew up as an immigrant in Norfolk I was surrounded by the Yorkshire accent and dialect at home and whenever we travelled up north to see my extended family. The research process for this book has triggered a great number of fond memories, and I can still hear the voices of my grandparents uttering many of the words and phrases to be found here.
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 Yorkshire dialect.
The anecdotes may be long or short, complicated or simple, but all contain genuine examples of Yorkshire dialect as gathered by myself or recorded by historians and collectors over the years.
I have revisited a lot of happy family memories in researching and collating this book. Along the way I have smiled, laughed, winced and (in one or two cases) blushed at the terminology used by down-to-earth Yorkshire men and women from years gone by. 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: Autumn 2013
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Louise Maskill