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  Welsh English - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The dialects are significantly modified by Welsh grammar and nouns, and contain a number of unique words.
The Welsh verb dysgu (meaning both to learn and to teach) is mistranslated in the common Wenglish form, "He learned me to drive," in place of the correct English usage, "He taught me to drive," although the reverse error is not usually heard.
The "R" sound is rolled extensively and the dark L is used at the beginning or middle of words, for example in "lose", "bloke", and "valley".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Welsh_dialect   (727 words)

 Wales - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Welsh law was not replaced in all cases by English law until the Laws in Wales Acts 1535-1542.
The Welsh continued to call themselves Brythoniaid (Britons) until as late as the 12th century, though the first use of Cymru and y Cymry was recorded as early as 633 by Aneirin.
The Welsh Language Act 1993 and the Government of Wales Act 1998 provide that the Welsh and English languages should be treated on a basis of equality.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Wales   (4472 words)

 Powells.com Interviews - Irvine Welsh
Indeed, it's a sprawling canvas, and Welsh explores its reaches to show the often brutish, brass exteriors of his protagonists against the subtler nuances of their friendship and aging.
Funny and real as ever (the first scene Welsh wrote about them documents a hilarious argument about foreskin), the novel is by turns tender, sexy, violent, and disturbing - "a fully realized vision of the world," Salon.com called it - arguably the author of Trainspotting's most impressive work to date.
Welsh: I wrote Marabou Stork Nightmares because of the zero tolerance stuff that was going on with violence against women.
www.powells.com /authors/welsh.html   (3014 words)

 ROMLEX: Romani Dialects
Together with the Vend dialect of south-western Hungary and the Romani dialect spoken in northern Slovenia (Prekmurje) it constitutes the Vend branch of the Southern Central dialects.
It is the dialect of the basket-weavers of northern Greece (Volos) and Turkey (Izmir).
Welsh Romani was still spoken by a number of families until the second half of the twentieth century.
romani.kfunigraz.ac.at /romlex/dialects.xml   (1559 words)

Welsh is part of the Celtic family of languages, related to Breton (the Celtic language of north-west France) and Cornish (now extinct), and more distantly to Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Manx (which died out during the 20th century).
Welsh, Breton and Cornish are in the first group, and it is completely wrong to refer to these languages as ‘Gaelic’.
This extract from an essay in the Welsh language magazine Barn examines the fate of the language in different places along an imaginary journey through Wales, and makes the point that the Census results are only a very rough guide to the true situation of the language.
gwybodiadur.tripod.com /faq.htm   (2641 words)

 Amazon.com: Filth: Books: Irvine Welsh   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Welsh begins with a detective's investigation into a murder?the death of a Ghanaian ambassador's son?and turns it into a vivid exploration of the detective's own twisted psyche and seedy milieu.
Welsh is one of the most skilled fiction writers out there, and even his worst stuff is better than 99% else of what is out there, but even considering that, "Filth" could have been so much more.
Welsh has a myriad of gifts, not the least is which is finding a hidden humanity in what is generally considered to be the scum of the earth.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0393318680?v=glance   (1930 words)

 History and Status of the Welsh Language
Welsh is one of the Celtic languages still spoken, perhaps that with the greatest number of speakers.
Welsh is an Indo-European language and so has much of the deep structure of its grammar shared with other Indo-European languages, as well as much vocabulary cognate with that of other members of the family - including English.
It led the campaign for the first Welsh Language Act and is held to be responsible for many of the symbols which have made the existence of the Welsh language more a natural part of public life in the last half of the twentieth century.
users.comlab.ox.ac.uk /geraint.jones/about.welsh   (4126 words)

 Scotland on Sunday - Welshie cannae dae the voices nae mair   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Irvine Welsh, the cult author who made his name as the authentic voice of a drug-addled generation, has admitted losing his grasp of the Scottish dialect that put him on the literary map.
Welsh said: "In order to write this one I had to re-read the original, and I had a bit of a problem with the dialect.
Linguistics experts said they were not surprised that Welsh, who has only made sporadic visits back to his home town in the past few years, had struggled to reach the required level of accuracy.
scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com /index.cfm?id=400122002   (882 words)

 Traditional Welsh Harp Technique and Middle-earth Music
Says Taylor, "In Welsh one does not play the harp but rather 'sings' the harp." Even in the modern Welsh dialect, the word for playing a harp is the same as the word for "to sing." The sound of a sustaining bray harp note is described in Welsh poetry as being vowel-like.
Welsh harp technique also involves damping each melody note as the next one is sounded, rather than letting them ring over each other.
In ancient Welsh harp technique there are 24 of these contrast patterns in all, analogous (but not corresponding directly) to the 24 poetic feet.
www.elvenminstrel.com /tolkien/welshharp.htm   (1073 words)

 NATE Discussion Group - read a message   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
I am teaching accent and dialect to a year 7 class but they are finding it quite a difficult concept to grasp.
You could use an extract from A Kestrel for a Knave, with Y8 I use the point in the story with the English teacher and kids describing their memories, I use this a spring board for autobiographical writing, a literacy coordinator suggested it and it works very well.
Put dialect in the search on that page and there are sound files (require real player).
www.teachit.co.uk /natediscuss/ShowMessage.asp?ID=6463   (592 words)

 The Highlanders of Scotland
It will be observed from these passages that the Welsh Triads, certainly the oldest and most unexceptionable authority on the subject, apply the same term of Gwyddyl to the Picts and to the Dalriads, and consequently they must have been of the same race, and the Picts a Gaelic people.
The third proof which I shall adduce to show that the Picts spoke a Gaelic dialect, and perhaps the strongest of all, is derived from the topography of the country.
It is from that dialect that the word must be held to have sprung.
www.electricscotland.com /history/highlanders/part1chap4.htm   (2642 words)

 Nerve 8 - Niall Griffiths Interview
Niall Griffiths’ books are written mostly in dialect, and set against the mixed background of the Welsh landscape and the Liverpool cityscape in all their glory and horror.
I ask him why: "In terms of dialect, and this is something that I have got from the Welsh, is that their politics and identity is all bound up in their voice, the Welsh language and accent.
Despite winning two Welsh literary prizes he has received little recognition from the city he was born in, despite setting much of his work here.
www.catalystmedia.org.uk /issues/nerve8/niall_griffiths.htm   (1683 words)

 BBC - South West Wales Learn Welsh - What Is A Dialect?
We frequently give names to dialects which we consider to be different from that which is heard in the local area; for example, we talk of iaith Shir Gâr (Carmarthenshire language) and iaith Cwm Tawe (Swansea Valley language).
A crucial consideration when discussing dialect is the relationship of the language with the community which uses it.
Essentially, dialect can reflect the contact that has existed between its speakers and people from other areas, and their coming and going from place to place.
www.bbc.co.uk /wales/southwest/sites/learnwelsh/pages/dialect.shtml   (560 words)

 Research - School's Research projects
These collections are rich sources of dialect data but have received little attention from academics or laymen.
Geiriadur Tafodieithol y Gymraeg (The Welsh Dialect Dictionary) will gather these data together into a single resource in which they will be sorted and classified.
This study had two specific aims: to develop a suitable methodology for a dialect dictionary for the whole of Wales and to estimate the time and work involved in preparing it.
www.cf.ac.uk /cymraeg/english/research/GeiriadurTafodieithol.shtml   (210 words)

 Dialect and Regional Identity in the North East   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
This coastal dialect was described in the Victoria County History of Durham as non-Anglian (it assumes that the Tyneside dialect is Anglian).
The Stockton dialect must have been similar to the nearby dialects spoken in the areas where Hartlepool and Middlesbrough would grow and I can't believe that the native Stockton dialect was completely wiped out.
I understand the difference between accent and dialect and agree that Teesside has a distinct accent rather than a distinct dialect (which is not to say it doesn't use dialect words from the neighbourhood).
www.thenortheast.fsnet.co.uk /Conversation.htm   (9879 words)

 Northern Dialect   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
The BBC was some lessons in North Welsh, you'll have to search for it though.
The Northern and southern dialects vary e.g milk is llaeth (south) and llefrith (north).
There are many dialects which vary from one area to another, not just south/north.
www.phrasebase.com /forum/read.php?TID=7003   (169 words)

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By the time of the Norman Conquest in the 11th Century, the whole peninsula was Welsh speaking and was ruled by Celtic chieftains at whose courts wandering bards would recount the folk legends which were later collected as ‘The Mabinogion’.
Many dialect words remain in everyday use, such as ‘kift’ (awkward), ‘caffled’ (tangled), ‘tamping’ (extremely angry), ‘drang’ (a narrow alley) or ‘skirp’ (light rain), while ‘wai ay’ is the Pembrokeshire way of saying ‘yes’.
This has been described as ‘a dialect apart’ and is far removed from standard Welsh, having absorbed numerous Flemish words down the centuries through contact with traders.
www.geocities.com /truffle_lewis/aboutpembs.htm   (2151 words)

 Clic Clic Cymraeg - An introduction to Welsh
This course, which assumes no previous knowledge of Welsh, consists of twelve units, each unit introducing you to elementary language phrases used in the everyday dialect of North Wales as a whole.
Just like any other language, Welsh dialect can be slighty different in two neighbouring towns, but the language in this course will be well understood and used over a wide area of North Wales.
In this course, the Welsh word for house is used.
www.menai.ac.uk /clicclic   (1020 words)

 News Wales > Culture > The dictionary of Welsh dialect
If so Cardiff University offers an opportunity to record them for posterity in the Welsh Dialect Dictionary, which is being prepared by Professor Peter Wynn Thomas of the University’s School of Welsh.
The present dictionary is the first phase in a pilot study and is simply the result of bringing most of the Montgomeryshire collections together.
The pilot project has two specific aims: to develop a suitable methodology for a dialect dictionary for the whole of Wales and to estimate the time and work involved in preparing it.
www.newswales.co.uk /?section=Culture&F=1&id=6504   (401 words)

 Institute of Welsh Affairs
Kenneth O Morgan on the founder of the 20th Century school of Welsh historians.
The squeeze on provision as pupils progress is the biggest threat to Welsh, says Rhodri Glyn Thomas.
Paul Flynn traces the revival of the Welsh language in Gwent to the 1988 Newport Eisteddfod.
www.iwa.org.uk /publications/agenda/agenda_culture.htm   (1579 words)

 News Wales > Culture
Welsh Wit and Wisdom, by Aubrey Malones, is an anthology of truisms, observations, and quips ab...
22/5/2006 - Welsh Conservatives have reacted angrily to news that the makers of the Channel 4 programme Big Brother have banned two housemates from speaking Welsh.
The Welsh Assembly Government is currently carrying out a consultation on its proposals to merge and transfer the functions of...
www.newswales.co.uk /?section=Culture&F=1&id=6504   (1340 words)

 GWYBODIADUR: FAQ About The Welsh Language
It’s been claimed that 20,000 people in London can speak Welsh, or even 50,000 according to a 1993 estimate which also put the figure living in England at 180,000.
And of course there are Welsh speakers, whether ex-pats or learners, scattered all over the globe: see Pamela Petro’s book about the ex-pat Welsh communities of the world, Travels in an Old Tongue.
Perhaps the best known Welsh speciality, and certainly the most unusual, is the South Welsh regional delicacy known as bara lawr or laver bread (pronounced to rhyme with the lava that comes out of volcanoes).
web.ukonline.co.uk /flapdragon/gwybodiadur/faq.htm   (2930 words)

 Welsh Dialects: An Overview
Fortunately, most good books for Welsh learners will include at least some discussion of regional variations, giving alternate vocabulary words used in North vs. South Wales, or noting where a grammatical construction differs slightly by region.
The variations in the Welsh language are rich, subtle, and numerous, and include specific regional dialects such as Y Wynhwyseg, or Gwentian, from south-east Wales.
In Teach Yourself Welsh, T. Rhys Jones notes that u in South Wales is pronounced "ee," but in North Wales the sound is produced much further back in the mouth (275).
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/welsh_language/85048   (426 words)

 Britannia: Question about Welsh dialect and grammar
I'm trying to go from "formal Welsh" to a colloquial form.
Some questions for anyone, please: Does the Western dialect use the N. forms of "bod" (Dw wyt mae, dan dach dyn) or the S. forms: wy wyt mae, dyn dych dyn?
Also: Does the W. dialect use the -iff form of the 3rd Future or the -th form (Northern)?
www.britannia.com /celtic/wales/forum/messages/2706.html   (60 words)

 University of Wales Press Reference, Dictionaries, Languages and Linguistics
This book is an essential reference source for those concerned with the changing status and vitality of the Welsh language and of other minority languages in Europe. It provides a framework and a factual context in which to set such issues as language planning and policy formulation at local and national levels.
The Welsh Dialect Survey is a major project of the Board of Celtic Studies of the University of Wales.; This publication presents the data of five years of extensive fieldwork and contains 700 pages of data sets, and appendices giving details of informants, target words, place-names, survey localities, plus a feature index.
This book looks at the ways in which negation works in Welsh. It shows that there are a number of ways of forming a negative sentence, and explains the conventions which native speakers follow when they use negative patterns. It also considers the implications of the Welsh facts for general theories of negation.
www.uwp.co.uk /acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Reference__Dictionaries__Languages_and_Linguistics_13.html   (841 words)

 WELSH DIALECT SURVEY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
The Welsh Dialect Survey is a major project of the Board of Celtic Studies of the University of Wales.
The aim was to produce a survey of the principal features of segmental phonology in the dialects of Welsh, with some morphophonoly and morphology, and a few miscellaneous items of historical and other interest.
This book provides a survey of the principal features of segmental phonology in the dialects of Welsh, and includes some morphophonology and morphology.
www.uwp.co.uk /book_desc/1617.html   (193 words)

 BBC - South West Wales Learn Welsh - Welsh Dialects in Pembrokeshire
Welsh language tutor Martin Davies of Llanelli looks at the Welsh dialect in Pembrokeshire...
Many languages appear to have several words for what are apparently similar things, but reflect the importance of that described by the word to the people.
My late grandmother was from St Davids and used to describe the St Davids and Solva dialects (which could at times be quite different).
bbc.co.uk /wales/southwest/sites/learnwelsh/pages/pembs_dialect.shtml   (673 words)

 Paul Meier Dialect Services - testimonials - dialects - dialect coach - Cockney dialect - British dialect - Scottish ...
The upper class British dialect was harder for her to achieve so the use of the CD became an essential tool.
No other dialect text that I'm aware of demonstrates the IPA as yours does and the John Wells demonstration is far too complex for my beginners.
I was a bit worried because I've always heard the Welsh is a very difficult dialect to learn and although it has been challenging, I believe that your materials have made the difference between sounding close and sounding right.
www.paulmeier.com /testimonials.html   (5079 words)

 Welsh~ a general query.
I had assumed it to be a regionalised English dialect.
It is closer to a pulmonary condition than a dialect.
Is the Welsh language a member of a particular language group?
www.vocaboly.com /forums/post-84314.html   (1505 words)

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