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Gowerland and its language

A history of the English speech of the Gower Peninsula, South Wales


Robert J. Penhallurick

Why is Gower different? The Gower Peninsula, an almost-island at the south of Wales, has had an English-speaking population for perhaps at least 900 years, which in itself makes it strange in Wales. Where did this English come from? What was it like? And why is it no longer to be heard? Gowerland and its language tells the story of the old Gower English and its speakers, for the first time bringing together all the chief descriptions of a unique dialect. Gowerland and its language is written for linguists and for all those with an interest in the Gower Peninsula.
Contents: Description of the traditional English dialect of the Gower Peninsula, South Wales, of its vocabulary, sounds and grammar - Investigation into the origins and development of this dialect and assessment of why it is no longer current.