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The Book Dialect of North Devon

Trans. Devon Assoc., vol 49, (1917), pp. 320-340.

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R. Pearse Chope, B.A.

Prepared by Michael Steer

The Paper was presented at the Association’s Barnstaple meeting, 25th July, 1917. The author (1862–1938) was a civil servant in the Patent Office, an antiquarian and printer in Devon. He edited the Transactions of the Devonshire Association between 1928 and 1930. North Devon provides the settings of our county’s three dialect literature classics: (a) The Exmoor Scolding and Courtship; (b) A Devonshire Dialogue; and (c) Jim and Nell. They together cover a period extending from the early part of the 18th century to the latter part of the 19th, and derive from three separate localities in the northern division of the county - South Molton, Torrington, and Barnstaple. The Association’s 1917 meeting in the most central and largest town of the division presented Mr Chope with an opportunity to examine the characteristics of the dialect presented in these books, and ascertain in what respects they agree with, or differ from one another and the current "mouth - speech" of the district. His Paper may be found in a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal that can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

 

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Baker, Theophila 324
Baker, Rev. Thomas 324
Bate 324
Blackwood 322
Bowring, Benjamin 320-1
Bowring, John 321
Bowring, Sir John 321
Brice, Andrew 320-2
Bridge, Mr 328
Brushfield, Dr. 320-2
Capern, Edward 326
Chanter, Rev. J.F. 322
Chaucer, Geoffrey 324-5
Defoe, Daniel 326
Doidge, Arthur 324
Doidge, Jane 324
Elworthy, Mr F.T. 320-1, 326-9, 333-4, 337
Gwatkin, Robert Lovell 325
Gwatkin, Mrs Theophila 325
Hole, Anne 324
Hole family 322
Hole, Hannah 324
Hole, Jane 324
Hole, Rev. John 324
Hole, Joshua 324
Hole, Rev. Joshua 322, 324
Hole, Lewis 324
Hole. Nicholas 324
Hole, Rev. Nicholas 324
Hole, Peter 324
Hole, Rev. Richard 322
Hole, Rev. William 322, 324
Jenkins, Buckingham 337
Johnson, Daniel 325
Johnson, Jane 325
Laycock, Mr Charles H. 339
Lock, Peter Snr 324
Lock, Peter 321-2, 324
Lock, Susan 324
Madden, Sir F 322
Moreman, Andrew 323
Oxon, H. 321
Palmer, James Frederick 325
Palmer, Jane 325
Palmer, John 325
Palmer, Rev. John 325
Palmer, Mrs Mary 324-5
Phillipps, Rev. John 325
Pollard 324
Potter, Rev. Matthew 324
Potter, Theophila 324
Reynolds, Sir Joshua 324-5
Reynolds, Mary 324
Reynolds, Rev. Samuel 324
Reynolds, Theophila 324
Rock, Henry 326
Rock, William Frederick 325, 332
Shakespeare, William 324-5
Solomon 326
Strode, William 326
Triggs, Hannah 324
Triggs, Rev. Robert 324
Tucker, Anne 324
Tucker, John 324
Vaywell, Margery 323
Vaywell, Nell 323
Vaywell, Thomasin 323
Virgil 322
Vuzz, George 334
Worth 326