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The Dialect of the West of England; Particularly Somersetshire

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Author: James Jennings
Language: English
Wordcount: 34,206 / 113 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 53.7
LoC Category: Q
Downloads: 1,300
mnybks.net#: 3959
Genres: Science, Language
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light, from the Record and State Paper Office, and historical societies, will throw much light on the subject]; and an abundant harvest offers in examining them, by which to make an amusing book, illustrative of our provincial words and ancient manners. I think we cannot avoid arriving at the conclusion, that the Anglo-Saxon dialect, of which I conceive the Western dialect to be a striking portion, has been gradually giving way to our polished idiom; and is considered a barbarism, and yet many of the sounds of that dialect are found in Holland and Germany, as a part of the living language of these countries. I am contented with having thus far elucidated the language of my native county. I have omitted several words, which I supposed provincial, and which are frequent to the west, as they are found in the modern dictionaries, still I have allowed a few, which are in Richardson's Johnson.

Thee is used for the nominative _thou_; which latter word is seldom used, diphthong sounds used in thi

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