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Talking for Britain: A Journey Through the Nation's Dialects Hardcover – 22 Aug 2005

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; First Edition edition (22 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571102425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571102426
  • ASIN: 0140515623
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 3.3 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 980,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Inside Flap

Do you say mitch or skive?
Do you pronounce 'father' as fayther, faahther or fether?
Do you wear daps, pumps, gutties, sannies or just plain plimsolls?
Do you like to eat a manshon, cob, butty or docker's doorstep?
And do you know what a skopadiddle is?

Every region of Britain has its own distinct and constantly evolving way of talking, and this magnificent new survey pinpoints precisely what people say where - and how they say it. If you're puzzled by a Yorkshire invitation to laik out, uncertain whether to take an umbrella when told it's going to sile down, or ever wondered where you might encounter a petty, snicket or even a launder, then this fascinating and superbly browsable book will provide the answers.

About the Author

Simon Elmes is deputy editor of the BBC's Radio Documentaries Unit, where he works on a wide range of programmes including the long-running magazine 'Word of Mouth', which he founded and which was awarded one of the world's premier broadcasting prizes, the Premio Ondas, in 1996. He produced 'The Routes of English', a 25-part series on the history of the English language and has written four books to accompany the series.


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