on 28 January 2001
No one who has ever wants to read, write, speak, listen or even take an interest in the languages of the British Isles can possibly live without this book. The introduction is so engaging it is worth the price on its own. The authors' attitude towards modern linguistic trends is clearly stated, and there is also a brief morphology. Not too heavy, not to light. Scholarly, but not dry.
Learners may find it useful, native speakers will certainly not be able to live without it.-almost.
Although it is an English - Welsh dictionary,and the Welsh are,as ever 'non grata',it is still well worth a browse,which will surely lead to a purchase.
The Welsh form of English words is fascinating,so many ways of expressing one English word.The vulgar words too are worth a look. There is no Welsh-English section,a reflection perhaps on the state of the language in Britain. With the death of our British languages so imminent this book is a sign of not going gently.Congratulations to Mr Jones and Mr Griffiths, the authors.
on 15 July 2013
This is invaluable. It is superb. It deserves 10 stars. Astonishingly comprehensive. But one thing (no comment on the dictionary itself, please note), will the publisher consider a paperback edition, or perhaps a smaller-sized version? I'm a writer. I travel a lot. I like my Bruce Griffiths with me. But lugging it about is heavy work. Any chance of a "compact Bruce" - or a to use the Welsh a "Bruce Bach" (small Bruce)?