File Name Gambles1980
Call Number DA 670 L1 G23 1980
Title Lake District Place-Names
Short Title Place-Names
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Imprint The Dalesman Publishing Company Ltd. Clapham (via Lancaster), North Yorkshire. First published 1980
Edition 1
Publication Date 1980
Pages 62
SFU Catalogue Original Bibliography 62 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
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Bibliographic Notes Handwritten inside front cover: David M. Gaunt 5 May 1981 (Kendal)
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Lake District Place-Names is a detailed study of the etymology of place-names in the English Lake District. The work is designed to be accessible for scholars, linguists, and amateurs alike. According to the author, Robert Gambles, the study of place-names is important because it offers insight into social, political, geographical, and cultural histories, helping us to understand “the sounds and structure of ancient tongues and the process by which our modern speech has emerged from the confusion of languages and dialects spoken by our ancestors” (7). It can draw attention to “the changing patterns of land use and settlement,” and “reflect the movement of peoples, their folklore and mythology, their religious beliefs, their political and military administration, their local customs and social institutions, and often their personal names, appearance and eccentricities” (7). For the general reader (assumed, in this case, to be British), place-names also offer insight into one’s own cultural and social heritage. To these ends, Gambles traces variances in Lake District names (including subtle changes, adaptations in spelling, and rare uses of language) over hundreds of years, beginning with the early British settlers and passing through the Roman occupation, colonisation by the Angles and Saxons, and Norse influence, the last of which he claims is particularly strong in the Cumbrian language. He divides his text into thematic sections (Lakes, Tarns, Rivers and Streams, Valleys, etc.), and arranges entries alphabetically within these sections. A glossary and full index accompany the work, along with eleven black-and-white etchings of Lake District scenes. An advertisement for related books from the same publisher appears on the very last page. The book is an interesting part of the Lake District collection as it offers a linguistic perspective on cultural, social, and geographic change. The SFU LDC copy is in excellent condition; it is bound in paper and bears the signature of a previous owner on the inside front cover. The signature, penned in ink, reads “David M. Gaunt / 5 May 1981 / (Kendal).”

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