Dictionary of Cape Breton English

By William J. Davey and Richard MacKinnon

© 2016

Biff and whiff, baker’s fog and lu’sknikn, pie social and milling frolic these are just a few examples of the distinctive language of Cape Breton Island, where a puck is a forceful blow and a Cape Breton pork pie is filled with dates, not pork.

The first regional dictionary devoted to the island’s linguistic and cultural history, the Dictionary of Cape Breton English is a fascinating record of the island’s rich vocabulary. Dictionary entries include supporting quotations culled from the editors’ extensive interviews with Cape Bretoners and considerable study of regional variation, as well as definitions, selected pronunciations, parts of speech, variant forms, related words, sources, and notes, giving the reader in-depth information on every aspect of Cape Breton culture.

A substantial and long-awaited work of linguistic research that captures Cape Breton’s social, economic, and cultural life through the island’s language, the Dictionary of Cape Breton English can be read with interest by Backlanders, Bay byes, and those from away alike.

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The first regional dictionary devoted to the island’s linguistic and cultural history, the Dictionary of Cape Breton English is a fascinating record of the island’s rich vocabulary.

Dictionary of Cape Breton English

By William J. Davey and Richard MacKinnon

© 2016

Biff and whiff, baker’s fog and lu’sknikn, pie social and milling frolic these are just a few examples of the distinctive language of Cape Breton Island, where a puck is a forceful blow and a Cape Breton pork pie is filled with dates, not pork.

The first regional dictionary devoted to the island’s linguistic and cultural history, the Dictionary of Cape Breton English is a fascinating record of the island’s rich vocabulary. Dictionary entries include supporting quotations culled from the editors’ extensive interviews with Cape Bretoners and considerable study of regional variation, as well as definitions, selected pronunciations, parts of speech, variant forms, related words, sources, and notes, giving the reader in-depth information on every aspect of Cape Breton culture.

A substantial and long-awaited work of linguistic research that captures Cape Breton’s social, economic, and cultural life through the island’s language, the Dictionary of Cape Breton English can be read with interest by Backlanders, Bay byes, and those from away alike.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 7.0in x 0.8in x 10.0in
  • Reviews

    "It may seem odd to suggest a dictionary is a fun read, but the Dictionary of Cape Breton English (DCBE) by academics William J. Davey and Richard MacKinnon is just such a book…. This should appeal to word lovers, writers, social historians and the curious. It would also be a great gift for Scrabble players anywhere. "


    Alan Lynch
    Atlantic Books Today, October 27, 2016

    ‘Highly recommended. All readership levels.’


    J. Adlington
    Choice Magazine vol 54:08:2017

    “The Dictionary of Cape Breton English will become a staple reference in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and the Cape Breton diaspora. It constitutes a major contribution to the study of Canadian English.”


    Sandra Clarke, Department of Linguistics, Memorial University

    "A most welcome addition to the study of regional lexis in Canada. This book enriches the historical perspective in Canadian English and offers readers, at long last, a point of departure into the vocabulary of Cape Breton Island.”


    Stefan Dollinger, Department of English, University of British Columbia; Department of Languages and Literatures, Gothenburg University, Sweden
  • Author Information

    William J. Davey is a senior scholar in the Department of Languages and Letters at Cape Breton University.


    Richard MacKinnon is a professor of Folklore and director of the Centre for Cape Breton Studies at Cape Breton University.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements

    Sample DCBE Entry

    Map of Cape Breton Island

    Introduction

    Dictionary of Cape Breton English

    Works Consulted

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