Language and Community in the Nineteenth Century

Geraint H. Jenkins

Language and Community in the Nineteenth Century
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Geraint H. Jenkins

Distributed for University of Wales Press

437 pages | 9 x 6-1/10
Paper $32.95 ISBN: 9780708314678 Published September 1998 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

This is the third volume in a pioneering series of authoritative studies on the social history of the Welsh language. It contains fourteen chapters, all written by acknowledged experts in the field, together with many explanatory maps and figures. The volume seeks to make a contribution to our understanding of the complex relationship between language and community in the long nineteenth century. The linguistic geography of Wales is placed within the context of the Celtic language family and the broader central European experience.

The projected series on 'A Social History of the Welsh Language' - the fruits of the second major research project of the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies of the University of Wales - will interest and intrigue the general public as well as specialists in the field and help readers to familiarise themselves with the history of a language which, over the centuries, has been an integral part of the everyday life of the Welsh people and of their sense of nationhood.

Western Mail
“. . . pioneering and increasingly awe-inspiring . . .” –Western Mail
Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development

“. . . another impressive volume and another major contribution to our understanding of the history of the Welsh language.” –Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development

Social History Bulletin

“This book will become required reading for historians of the principality.” –Social History Bulletin

Journal of Sociolinguistics

“. . . a very important contribution to Welsh social history, and to historical sociolinguistics and comparative linguistics geography in general . . .” –Journal of Sociolinguistics


List of Maps and Figures

List of Contributors


List of Abbreviations

Introduction Geraint H. Jenkins

1. Language Areas in North-East Wales c.1800-1911 W. T. R. Pryce

2. The Welsh Language in Montgomeryshire c.1800-1914 David Llewelyn Jones

3. Language and Community in South-West Wales c.1800-1914 Russell Davies

4. The Welsh Language in the Anthracite Coalfield c.1870-1914 Ioan Matthews

5. The Welsh Language in the Valleys of Glamorgan c.1800-1914 Philip N. Jones

6. The Welsh Language in Cardiff c.1800-1914 Owen John Thomas

7. The Welsh Language in Industrial Monmouthshire c.1800-1901 Sian Rhiannon Williams

8. The Welsh Language in England c.1800-1914 Emrys Jones

9. The Welsh Language and Welsh Identity in a Pennsylvanian Community William D. Jones

10. The Welsh Language in Patagonia Robert Owen Jones

11. A Social History and Geography of Gaelic in Scotland 1806-1901 Charles W. J. Withers

12. Language and Society in Nineteenth-Century Ireland Máirtín Ó Murchú

13. The Breton Language in the Nineteenth Century Rhisiart Hincks

14. Language and Society in the Nineteenth Century: Some Central-European Comparisons R. J. W. Evans


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