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HiEdit

I'm kind of new here - but I'm loving it.

My interests lie in the Northern Eurasian language families and seeing how they developed and spread over time. I especially love to trace the origins of borrowed words and see if I can pinpoint the donor languages, or possibly a substrate term, which is always exciting. I am also interested in the Pama-Nyungan family of Australia, and tracing the origins of vocabulary items. I am most interested in nouns, as these are more likely to be borrowed; especially if the noun describes something specific, such as a type of animal, plant, or technology.

Language preservation is very important to me, and I try to help in the recording of endangered languages on Wiktionary whenever I can. If you see a mistake in some of my work, please do point it out to me and show me where I can improve - I love learning, and strive to become a useful member of the Wiktionary community.

Silver's AccentEdit

Rather strong English West Midlands (Coventry) accent, though markedly different from a Birmingham/Black Country accent.

  • tissue: [ˈtɪʃuː] (palatised/affricates)
  • tuna: [ˈt͡ʃuːna] (palatised/affricates)
  • stupid: [ˈst͡ʃuːˌpɪd] (palatised/affricates)
  • tune: [ˈt͡ʃuːn] (palatised/affricates)
  • bath, path, grass: [ˈbæθ], [ˈpæθ], [ˈgɹæs] (short 'a' vowel)
  • room, broom, roof: [ˈɹʊm], [ˈbrʊm], [ˈɹʊf] (short 'u' vowel)
  • cup, shut, mum: [ˈkʌp], [ˈʃʌt], [ˈmʌm] (unrounded 'u' vowel)
  • poor, door, moor: [ˈpʊə], [ˈdʊə] [ˈmʊə] (diphthong present)
  • horse, hoarse: [ˈhɔːs], [ˈhɔːs] (horse-hoarse merger present)
  • cheer, chair: ['t͡ʃiːˌjə], [ˈt͡ʃɛː] (cheer-chair distinction present)
  • tyre, tower, tar: [ˈtaɪˌjə], [ˈtaʊˌwə], [ˈtɑː] (distinction present)
  • fury, furry: [ˈfjɔːˌɹi], [ˈfɜːˌɹi] (distinction present)

Some Dialectal WordsEdit

  • gambol [gæmbɔʊl] - to do a forward roll
  • batch [bæt͡ʃ] - a round bread roll or bun.
  • cut [kʌt] - a canal.
  • mardy [mɑːdi] - grumpy, sulky, grouchy.
  • mizzle [mɪzl̩] - very fine rain that quickly soaks everything.
  • entry [ɛntɹi] - the passage between two terraced houses leading to the alley behind, where the bins and garages are located.
  • to lob [lɔb] - to throw (usually hard).
  • pump [pʌmp] - a black slip-on shoe used for sports class in English schools (which usually take place in a large hall rather than outside).
  • snap [snæp] - packed lunch, after the sound made by metal lunchboxes when closed.
  • to blart [blɑːt] - to cry loudly and dramatically, usually in an attention-seeking way.
  • dannies [dæniːz] - hands, always in the plural.
  • suff [sʌf] - a drain or gutter lining the road.
  • "The Jag" - local name for the Jaguar Car Company, a major local employer, referring to their many plants in Coventry and surrounds.
  • sprog [spɹɔg] - baby
  • nan [næn] - grandmother

Silver's SubpagesEdit

Tungusic Language PagesEdit

Silver's Favourite ResourcesEdit

CelticEdit

  • Celtiadur - in-progress etymological dictionary and side-by-side comparison of the Celtic languages, being compiled by a fluent speaker of many of the Celtic languages.
  • MacBain's Gaelic Dictionary - a searchable etymological dictionary of Scottish Gaelic from 1911.
  • Am Faclair Beag - an English-Scottish Gaelic dictionary.
  • eDIL - an electronic version of the Dictionary of the Irish Language from the Royal Irish Academy, Cambridge University, and Queen's University Belfast.
  • Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru - The Dictionary of the Welsh Language from the University of Wales, searchable in both Welsh and English. Includes etymological notes about other Celtic languages.
  • Gerlyver Kernewek - The Dictionary of the Cornish Language from the Cornish Language Partnership, searchable in both Cornish (Standard Written Form) and English.
  • Teanglann - an Irish language library, includes Ó'Dónaill's 1977 Irish-English Dictionary, Ó'Dónaill's 1991 Irish Dictionary, De Bhaldraithe's 1959 English-Irish Dictionary, an extensive grammar reference collection, and numerous sound files of native speakers from all the major dialects. Searchable in English and Irish.
  • Manx Dictionary - a work-in-progress English-Manx/Manx-English dictionary.
  • In Dúil Bélrai - a work-in-progress Old Irish-English glossary (also includes a dictionary and a guide to Old Irish on the web) from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, note that some of the search functions are Irish-input only.
  • Grand Terrier - Francis Favereau's French-Breton dictionary - searchable in Breton and French.

GermanicEdit

  • Bosworth-Toller - an electronic version of Bosworth-Toller's enormous Old English Dictionary.
  • An English-Old English Dictionary - online searchable copy of Mary Lynch Johnson's 1927 dictionary.
  • Historical Grammar of Old English - online version of Cyril Babaev's grammar.
  • The Germanic Lexicon Project - includes John Clark Hall's 1916 Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary.
  • The Thesaurus of Old English - a searchable, updated thesaurus from Glasgow University.
  • Orðabanki - a glossary of Icelandic terms, searchable in all main North Germanic languages as well as English, Finnish, North Saami, and Greenlandic.
  • Dictionary of the Swedish Academy - the definitive dictionary of Swedish, includes Old Swedish forms. Not searchable in English.
  • The Skaldic Project - a searchable database of Norse sagas and poetry, including a dictionary of the words used in them.
  • The Icelandic-English Online Dictionary - from the University of Wisconsin - note that it is not designed for English-Icelandic searches.
  • ISLEX - a searchable dictionary that gives results in Icelandic, Faroese, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, and Finnish.
  • Føroysk orðabók - the Dictionary of Faroese - searchable only in Faroese.
  • Old Norse Pronunciation Guide - a short PDF file by very drengr Dr Jackson Crawford of Youtube fame. Shows the basics of reconstructed Norse pronunciation c.1100's Iceland as well as the corresponding orthography used today.
  • málið.is - Online dictionary resource from the Icelandic Language Institute - only searchable in Icelandic. Has plenty of etymological information.
  • Duden Online - Online version of the Duden Dictionary - searchable only in German, has some etymological information.
  • Etymologie Bank - Dutch etymological dictionary from the Meertens Institute, searchable only in Dutch, but includes information on Low Saxon and Frisian languages too.