The Yorkshire Historical Dictionary
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760 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Series: Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society Record Series

Imprint: Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society

The Yorkshire Historical Dictionary

A Glossary of Yorkshire Words, 1120-c.1900 [2 volume set]

Compiled by George Redmonds

Edited by Alexandra Medcalf

Series edited by Christopher C Webb

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An invaluable reference work, providing definitions for a plethora of words old and new from Yorkshire's dialect.
This volume offers an unparalleled collection of words and phrases gleaned from Yorkshire's archives. The language it contains tells the story of Yorkshire in the words of the people who experienced it, providing a powerful new look at the county's intangible heritage and what it means to be from Yorkshire. The Dictionary uses a broad range of sources to widen the English lexicon, with new vocabulary for (among others) by-names and place-names; for agricultural and animal terms; and for specialist craft and industries. As well as new words such as fulture (a mixture of manure and bedding), working tree (a stand for hides to be worked upon), stonery (a place where stones could be quarried), and wand hagger (part of a wood set out for producing wands, or saplings, for baskets, hurdles, etc.), there are earlier references to established words that appear in the Oxford English Dictionary, such as necessary-house (privy, here from 1414 compared to 1609), orange (as a colour, here from 1504 compared to 1600) and oliver (a tilt hammer, used by early iron-workers, here from 1350, compared to 1846). The Dictionary also fills in in gaps in our understanding of the development of regional language, from "borrowings" from the Baltic and Low Countries to its decline from the Tudor period on.

This is the first time such a comprehensive glossary of regional words has been published. Its wide-ranging scope, underpinned with excellent scholarship, means this volume will be of interest not just to historians of Yorkshire, but to local historians across the country, as well as linguists and place-name and surname researchers.
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Abbreviated References
The Dictionary
Select Bibliography
Subject Terms

Dr GEORGE REDMONDS was an internationally recognised authority on Yorkshire's surnames and place-names.

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Title Details

760 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Series: Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society Record Series

Imprint: Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society