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Donkin's World: Talking Yorkshire

Journalist and author Richard Donkin relishes his native dialect.

Do please visit Richard's well-stocked Web site

Details of his book Blood, Sweat and Tears which is acclaimed world-wide can be found here http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Sweat-Tears-Evolution-Work/dp/1587990768/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1214554429&sr=1-2

As a Yorkshireman I suppose it goes without saying that I miss the county of my birth. Yes, I miss the contrasts of the rolling dales and gritty mill towns, but most of all I miss the people.

Something of the character of Yorkshire people comes out in the dialect but you don't see it written much anymore. These little gems http://www.openwriting.com/archives/yorkshire_dialect/ on the Open Writing web site by my old Huddersfield Examiner colleague Mike Shaw are a fine example of the genre. You never heard Compo speaking like this in Last of the Summer Wine. Minestchyer e' weern't a Yarkshire lad.


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