The Dialect and Folk-lore of Northamptonshire by Thomas SternbergThe Dialect and Folk-lore of Northamptonshire by Thomas Sternberg

The Dialect and Folk-lore of Northamptonshire

byThomas Sternberg

Paperback | May 20, 2014

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ... The peasantry of Northamptonshire still retain much of the diversity of dialect which we may suppose to have characterised the early settlers of one of the march or border counties of Mercia and Wessex. Two distinct and very opposite modes of speech may be observed among the rural population of the two extremities of the county. The inhabitants of the districts bordering on Oxford and Buckingham make use of a speech nearly allied to that which is current throughout the Southern and Western counties, and which is generally known as the West Country dialect; while the dwellers in the Northern and Eastern portions of the county speak a variety of the Anglian dialect, more or less similar, according to locality, to those of Leicester, Lincoln, and North Bedford. In the central districts of Northamptonshire, where the two dialects come into contact, and the Anglian speech of Mercia blends with the Saxon idiom of the West, a third and intermediate variety is current: partaking in some measure of the peculiarities of both, but which, from its utter want of tone, and freedom from dialectic inflexion, has become proverbial among the neighbouring counties for its superior purity and resemblance to our present standard English. In order to prove that this peculiarity is no result of the various modern causes which militate against the retention of local idiom, we have only to point to the varied and strongly marked dialectic character of the language of the peasantry situated at a greater distance north and south of the Watling Street. A passage of Fuller, also, here steps to our aid, and affords a valuable illustration of the point. In the description of the county prefixed to his list of Northamptonshire Worthies, he Morton has alluded to the...
Title:The Dialect and Folk-lore of NorthamptonshireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217079113

ISBN - 13:9780217079112

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