The Devonshire Dialect Dictionary – References


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References are shown in the dictionary as abbreviations in square brackets: these are expanded below. Most of these references also appear in the Bibliographic resources page.


  • [C] Capern, Edward: Ballads and Songs. 1859; Devon Provincialisms. 1864.
  • [Ch] Chope, R.P: The dialect of Hartland. 1891 repr. 1965.
  • [D] Dearson, G.J: Lexical data collected during study and fieldwork in Devon. 1992-6.
  • [Do] Downes, John: A Dictionary of Devon Dialect. 1986.
  • [E] Elworthy, F.T, Ed: The West Somerset Word Book: a glossary of dialectal and archaic words and phrases used in the West of Somerset and East of Devon. 1886.
  • [EDD] Entries for Devon in The English Dialect Dictionary by Joseph Wright, 6 vols. 1898-1905 (duplicating some of Hewett).
  • [G] Goodridge, D & K for essentially the Plymouth area: English-Devonian, 1916-34; Devonian-English, 1950-1970. (typescript).
  • [GG] Grigson, Geoffrey: The Englishman’s Flora. 1958.
  • [H] Hewett, Sarah: The Peasant Speech of Devon. 1892.
  • [Ha] Harris, Martin B: The phonology and grammar of the dialect of South Zeal. PhD diss. 1967.
  • [HF] Friend, H: A glossary of Devonshire Plant Names. 1882
  • [Ho] Hole, William: The Exmoor Scolding and Courtship. 1746.
  • [J] Jago, Fred W.P: The ancient language and the dialect of Cornwall. 1882.
  • [Je] Jennings, J: The Dialect of the West of England. 1825, 2nd rev.ed. 1869.
  • [L] Entries by Dr Murray Laver, former dialect recorder for the Devonshire Association, in ‘The Devonshire Word List’, 3 vols, 1992 (which include [EDD], [H], [SED] and [TDA] entries).
  • [M] Marten, Clement: The Devonshire Dialect. 1973 rev.1974 (duplicating some Hewett).
  • [NDJ] North Devon Journal. 1824 to date.
  • [ODEE] Onions, C.T: Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. 1966, repr. 1982.
  • [OED] Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed. on CD-Rom. 2009.
  • [P] Partridge, Eric: Dictionary of Historical Slang. 1972.
  • [R] Risdon, Tristram: Survey of the County of Devon. c. 1632.
  • [S&B] Smyth, A.H. & Belcher, Edward: The Sailor’s Word: A complete dictionary of Nautical Terms from the Napoleonic and Victorian Navies. 2007.
  • [SED] Survey of English dialects by Orton, H & Dieth, E. 1962-71.
  • [SOED] Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. 1933, 6th ed. 2007.
  • [T] Trigger, Chris: Examples of dialect from the Appledore area. 2021.
  • [TDA] Reports and Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 1862 to date.
  • [V] Victoria County History: Devon. 1906.
  • [VMCR] Dialect recollections from the Teignmouth area recorded by Vera Mary Colton Robins, c. 1970.
  • [W] Wakelin, Martyn: Discovering English Dialects. 1978, 2nd ed. 1979.