The Dictionary of Newfoundland English, first published in 1982
to regional, national and international acclaim, is a historical
dictionary that gives the pronunciations and definitions for words
that the editors have called "Newfoundland English". The varieties
of English spoken in Newfoundland date back four centuries, mainly
to the early seventeenth century migratory English fishermen of
Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, and to the seventeenth to the
nineteenth century immigrants chiefly from south-eastern Ireland.
Culled from a vast reading of books, newspapers and magazines, this
book is the most sustained reading ever undertaken of the written
words of this province. The dictionary gives not only the meaning
of words, but also presents each word with its variant spellings.
Moreover, each definition is succeeded by an all-important
quotation of usage which illustrates the typical context in which
word is used.
This well-researched, impressive work of scholarship illustrates
how words and phrases have evolved and are used in everyday speech
and writing in a specific geographical area. The Dictionary of
Newfoundland English is one of the most important, comprehensive
and thorough works dealing with Newfoundland. Its publication, a
great addition to Newfoundlandia, Canadiana and lexicography,
provides more than a regional lexicon. In fact, this entertaining
and delightful book presents a panoramic view of the social,
cultural and natural history, as well as the geography and
economics, of the quintessential lifestyle of one of Canada''s
oldest European-settled areas. This second edition contains a
Supplement offering approximately 1500 new or expanded entries, an
increase of more than 30 per cent over the first edition. Besides
new words, the Supplement includes modified and additional senses
of old words and fresh derivations and usages.