Leibowitz Devonshire Dialect Project

In this section I will be collecting stories and glossaries from various sources which illustrate the dialect from the mid-eighteenth century to the early twentieth. They will be in various formats, so that they can both be read for enjoyment and used as data on the language.

So far, the main sources will be:

1) The dialogue written by Mary Reynolds Palmer (February 9, 1715--May 27, 1794), and the glossaries added by James Palmer (1837 ed.) and John Phillips (1839 ed.).

For the early twentieth century the stories written by A. J. Coles under the pseudonym "Jan Stewer" for the Devon and Exeter Gazette, (first story 2 March 1900, NOT 9 March 1900 as usually given), and the Western Weekly News (first story 29 July, 1905). The stories from the Western Weekly News have often been reprinted--they are not given here--but the ones in the Devon and Exeter Gazette have not, and add interesting details about his writings apparently not noted before.

The story series called "The Talk at Old Tom Cobleigh's Club" are interesting because of the political background--the Boer War and "The Irish Question". Also very revealing, and I think not noted before, are the letters written--in dialect--to "Jan Stewer" from Devonshire "exiles" in various parts, including South Africa during the Boer War. I have not seen these mentioned before, and I intend to supply them here.

I am adding here a pdf (on-line version soon, I hope) of the book, Jan Stewer: At Home and Abroad The date of this publication has been guessed at as 1920. This seems to me a bit early, as some of stories seem to be looking back to the First World War as quite some time ago

"(An incident of the severe rationing during a period of the Great War, when caterers were permitted to serve no more than two ounces of flour in any form to each consumer at the afternoon meal)".

Some of the stories have Jan Stewer serving--as A. J. Coles did--in Egypt until 1919. The other stories come for the "In a Devonshire Carrier's Van" series in the Western Weekly News. The correlation between them in hard to see, as in the latter stories Jan does not seem to ever have left during the war, and his adventures in London suggest a totally non-travelled bumpkin! Very odd.

The pdf is to be found here

Other digitised material, with comments:

Some notes on the English Revised Version of the Bible (1881, 1885)

The plain (UTF-8) text (within html tags) of Ford Madox Ford's children's story: The Queen Who Flew

Comment: And this is a page discussing other sources for the text of the book--one VERY poor one still (2018) online--and a pdf version I have made. About The Queen Who Flew

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