A Grammar and Glossary of the Dorset Dialect

BARNES, W. A Grammar and Glossary of the Dorset Dialect.

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BARNES, W. A Grammar and Glossary of the Dorset Dialect. Berlin: A. Asher & Co., 1863.

Slim 8vo. Quarter calf over marbled boards; raised bands to spine, ornamented in blind, spine lettered in gilt on morocco label; marbled endpapers; pp. [ii], 103; very light rubbing to corners of boards; a few light spots to text; light even toning to paper-stock; a near fine copy in the neat modern binding.
First edition. William Barnes published a variety of poetry collections alongside his philological works. His poetry, often composed and published in the Dorset dialect highlighted his interest in the popularisation of this dialect, and was well received by his contemporaries, providing a stimulus of a local poet for Thomas Hardy, who learned much from Barnes. During his time as a rector, he continued his extensive research into philology. He held a rather 'eccentric and lonely campaign to de-Latinize and to Saxonise the English language. It was argued this ideal was rooted in notions of linguistic purity … this belief being reinforced by his interest in the Dorset dialect which he felt had its own roots in Anglo-Saxon dialect' (ODNB).