Dictionary of Surrey English
A New Edition of A Glossary of Surrey Words by Granville Leveson Gower
with an Introduction by Graeme Davis
Year of Publication: 2007
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2007. 186 pp.
ISBN 978-3-03911-081-0 pb. (Softcover)
Weight: 0.290 kg, 0.639 lbs
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The dialect of the English county of Surrey was recorded towards the end of the Victorian age by the antiquarian Granville Leveson Gower in a volume for the English Dialect Society. This present Dictionary makes available a new edition of his work, along with materials setting out the characteristics, history and current position of Surrey English. Today little remains of the traditional Surrey dialect, though those familiar with the county will nonetheless find echoes of it in the speech of many present inhabitants. In recent years the dialect has influenced the speech patterns of the Home Counties, and the new southern English standard has been influential worldwide. Surrey English has its place as one of the many distinctive forms of English worldwide, with its own unique words and forms of expression which are part of the rich heritage of the English language.
Contents: Granville Leveson Gower and his Glossary of Surrey Words – The Surrey Dialect Area – History of the Surrey Dialect – Peculiarities of the Surrey Dialect – Development and Future of the Surrey Dialect – Texts in Surrey Dialect – Granville Leveson Gower’s Preface – Dictionary of Surrey English.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Author: Graeme Davis is a mediaeval linguist specialising in the languages and cultures of northern Europe and the North Atlantic: Anglo-Saxon, Old High German, Old Norse / Icelandic, Gothic. He has lectured in historical linguistics and mediaeval literature at Strathclyde, Manchester Metropolitan, Northumbria and The Open universities, and worked as a lexicographer for the Scottish National Dictionary.
Studies in Historical Linguistics. Vol. 2
Edited by Graeme Davis and Karl A. Bernhardt