A Grammar & Glossary of the Dorset Dialect, with the History, Out-Spreading and Bearings of South-Western English

By: Barnes, William

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Originally published in softcover, this copy has been recently rebound in blue paper covered boards with title in black on paper label on front cover, with the original paper covers having been removed. Pale brown endpapers. Some browning to title page and edges of text. 103pp. William Barnes was born in Bagber, near Sturminster Newton in Dorset in 1801. As well as poetry, Barnes also produced works about the phonology, grammar and vocabulary of the Dorset dialect: "A Grammar and Glossary of the Dorset Dialect", published in 1863 of which this is a copy, and a much expanded version, "A Glossary of the Dorset Dialect with Grammar of its Word-shapening and Wording", in 1886. Barnes hated what he called 'foreign' words and avoided the use of them in his poetry, preferring instead to use the Saxon language. Where there was no Saxon equivalent, Barnes would often invent words and phrases, such as 'push wainling' for perambulator. Barnes had studied Celtic literature and often used a repetition of consonantal sounds known as cynghanedd. This is particularly noticeable in the poem, "My Orcha'd in Linden Lea".

Title: A Grammar & Glossary of the Dorset Dialect, with the History, Out-Spreading and Bearings of South-Western English

Author Name: Barnes, William

Categories: English Literature,

Edition: 1st Edition

Publisher: Berlin, Published for the Philological Society by A.Asher & Co.: 1863

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Type: Book

Size: 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾

Seller ID: 006661

Keywords: william barnes, local dialect, dorset dialect, robert young, thomas hardy,