By George William Lyttelton

The Glynnese thesaurus is that infrequent beast, a dictionary of a family members language. Many households increase favorite phrases and words, giving them targeted meanings in keeping with passing occasions or encounters. For the main half those fade into oblivion with the demise in their clients. The households of William Gladstone, a number of instances top Minister of britain, and of his spouse Catherine Glynne, although, constructed an surprisingly wealthy and chronic language; and this was once recorded within the thesaurus in 1851 via Gladstone's brother-in-law George, Lord Lyttelton, who married Catherine Glynne's sister Mary. Glynnese will be traced via generations of family members memoirs, and the households' lofty social prestige ended in its being taken up through outsiders. Lyttelton used to be a skilled scholar of language, and within the thesaurus he attracts at the modern acclaim for philology to supply a spoof dictionary which parodies the culture of dialect glossaries, whereas safely recording the eccentric vagaries of Glynnese. George William, 4th Baron Lyttelton (1817-76) was once proficient at Eton and at Trinity university, Cambridge, the place he used to be Senior vintage (top of the 1st category in Classics) in 1838. In 1839 he and William Gladstone married the sisters Mary and Catherine Glynne in a double marriage ceremony performed through the brides' father. He had 8 sons and 4 daughters, and yet another 3 daughters via his moment spouse. Lyttelton and Gladstone have been either willing composers in Latin and Greek, and released a ebook of translations from English literature jointly in 1861. Lyttelton dedicated a lot of his existence to public carrier, specially in schooling, sitting on Royal Commissions within the 1860s. He used to be a manic depressive, and dedicated suicide in 1876.

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Cosinka 2005 offers a sophisticated reconstruction of the speech patterns of the Romance philologist Yakov Malkiel (1914-98). Introduction xlvii enables us to catch a fleeting glimpse of one of many transient clusters of ‘coterie-sprache’, most of which disappear without being recorded. In their Vanishing Voices: The Extinction of the World’s Languages, Daniel Nettle and Suzanne Romaine report the existence of languages which have only a handful of speakers. In Papua New Guinea, notable for the number of such languages, the inhabitants of one village decided to use a new word for ‘no’, ‘benge’, instead of their usual one, ‘bia’, to differentiate themselves from neighbouring communities (Nettle and Romaine 2000: 88).

Introduction xlvii enables us to catch a fleeting glimpse of one of many transient clusters of ‘coterie-sprache’, most of which disappear without being recorded. In their Vanishing Voices: The Extinction of the World’s Languages, Daniel Nettle and Suzanne Romaine report the existence of languages which have only a handful of speakers. In Papua New Guinea, notable for the number of such languages, the inhabitants of one village decided to use a new word for ‘no’, ‘benge’, instead of their usual one, ‘bia’, to differentiate themselves from neighbouring communities (Nettle and Romaine 2000: 88).

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