A Grammar of the Dialect of West Somerset; Descriptive and Historical

A Grammar of the Dialect of West Somerset; Descriptive and Historical

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...with (f) when spoken emphatically: Tidn a town, 'tis a flllage, I tell 'ee.' 346. Medial/has been replaced by p in beautiful (batipal). Note also (t3ru) 'turf. Loss of f in fifth, fifty; fifteen is transcribed with f: (viiftin), but that is probably due to the influence of standard English. 347. Words originally ending in final f have levelled their pronunciation under the inflected forms; hence (v) in calf, half, staff, knife, life, wife, leaf, sheaf, loaf, in which standard English still has the double forms, and also in roof, cliff. See 365. 348. Final (f) has become (p) in Joseph (see Wdb. s. v. proud). Unstressed final f lias been lost in mischief, plaintiff, handkerchief (but see 405), --self1), of. In one word f has been lost in a stressed syllable: (lee) 'lief; see 354. (bEuli) 'bailiff corresponds to ME. bailli, a French variant of bailiff (see NED. s. v. bailie). ME. v. 349. Initial ME. v (from French v, and OE. f-) has usually been preserved. Elworthy gives initial (b) in view, flank 'spark of fire'; see 355. On initial (dh) in very, vouch, veal, vetches see 357. 350. Medial v has often turned to (w), which when vocalized formed a diphthong with the preceding vowel. Hence (AA) in navel, gravel, awkward. See also zewnteen 351. For literary instances cp. awkward, cowl, hawk, auger, newt2)Shovel has (au), where v has become (w); and (aul), where v has been lost (but it seems to have raised ME. q to o; cp. literary oven, and Windhill (ivu) 'ever', (iri) 'every', (nuvl) 'novel', (nuvis) 'novice'). See Add. Navel, clavel, gravel are sometimes pronounced with (-aul), which points to loss of v3). See also 352. (dryylur) 'driveller' may also be an instance of vocalisation of v, but perhaps the word...show more

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