Last update: June 2001.
NOTICE: Unfortunately I have not been able to keep this publication list updated since June 2001. I apologize for the inconvenience. Most prices are roughly Euro 9 or $ 10 or UK £ 6 for the small to medium-sized books, and larger ones are priced accordingly. You'll have to contact Joseph Biddulph Publisher, 32 Stryd Ebeneser, Pontypridd, CF37 5PB, Cymru - Wales, for details.
A dead language lying at the roots of English.
This reconstruction of the early Germanic language of the English Midlands was compiled in 1985 and is still showing its worth. Classical Anglo-Saxon, which is similar to Mercian but more difficult to assimilate, is not as useful in understanding materials of the period after 1066 and in pointing to the dialectal origins of the modern language. It's a shame too that the distinctive Mercian culture is often overlooked, and this amusingly illustrated grammar summary is designed to help an appreciation of such things.
20 compact pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 0 948565 01 2
This booklet deals mainly with the straightforward grammar of one of the
!Kung dialects (Namibia) , with references to the other Khoi-San
languages and their peculiar sound systems.
20 pages, typewritten. Price: see top of page. ISBN 0 948565 02 0
Luo epitomises many African grammars, with its series of suffixes and
prefixes, but does not belong to the more widely known Bantu family. In
addition to a concise grammar, this booklet remarks on the closely-related
Acholi (Acooli) of Uganda. Illustrated with designs by the author.
20 pages, typewritten. Price: see top of page. ISBN 0 948565 05 5
An easy and entertaining treatment of the neglected tongue of North
Germany that is so much like English itself.
24 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 0 948565 24 1
Sango is an interesting lingua franca of Bangui and the Central African
Republic. Its native African structure and vocabulary, with many French
borrowings, make African linguistics accessible with a minimum of effort. The
introduction points to interesting parallels with little-known languages of
the Central African Republic/Chad.
24 pages, typewritten. Price: see top of page. ISBN 0 948565 46 2
Some Reflections on Traditional English Metre, and How To Shape it For Yourself
Rhyme, regular rhythms and the traditional forms of lyric, sonnet and lay: who can produce them well these days? - and who really understands the principles behind them? This little book tackles such questions in an honest and practical manner, especially for all those who find scansion difficult. Is poetry taught - or just caught? Leaving aside that issue for the moment, can we do anything to achieve a better technique, to respond more intelligently to the genius of the language itself? It may be worth a try, even if you never intend to write in traditional metre.
28 compact pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 0 948565 48 9
It is noteworthy that this guide from the days of the Raj is still useful for
those who wish to study the beautiful Gujarati language for its own sake, and
for those who have an interest in the Sanskrit-derived tongues of India.
28 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 0 948565 57 8
The Two Drovers is a novella giving a picture of a society in the eighteenth
century in the distinguished and mellifluous prose style of Sir Walter Scott:
by offering suggestions on prose analysis, the introduction makes this little
book useful to language and literature students alike, and to all of those who
wish to appreciate Scott without the longueurs of his full-blown novels.
28 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 0 948565 65 9
`Nemo me impune lacessit!'
You don't have to be Scottish to realise that exciting things happened in
Scottish literature in the 18th century.
The introduction to the booklet Baroque Scots, edited by Joseph Biddulph,
points this out: the rest of the booklet consists of selected poetry of Allan
Ramsay, including The Vision, a masterful reconstruction of Middle Scots from
the Late Baroque period.
28 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 0 948565 67 5
If you have ever tried to find the Anglo-Saxon word, or find out how the
earliest English rendered an idea, you will have felt the need for a reverse
glossary like this. In placename and literary studies, for everyone
interested in the Germanic tongues, and in Anglo-Saxon itself, this re-issue
of Skeat's work has made itself useful.
36 close-packed pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 0 948565 68 5
Using older sources, this booklet deals with the main heads of grammar and
enables the reader to tackle more demanding works with greater profit.
One of the few sources of information on Lithuanian.
24 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 0 948565 81 0
An attempt to reconstruct and examine the East Norse used in the East
Midlands of England. This concise work by Germanicist Joseph Biddulph goes in
search of the dialect of the Danes who settled the Danelaw, and who have left
their imprint on the English language to this day: reconstructing early
Danish forms, this account points to areas of research in Danish and English
sources, and acts as a useful background source for all interested in the
local histories of the East Midlands region.
24 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 0 948565 91 8
The main grammatical facts about one of the major languages of West Africa -
summed up in 20 pages. With the help of this book and some easier texts, even
the untalented in language can build up an understanding of Ibo.
Price: see top of page. ISBN 0 948565 92 6
with two accompanying audio cassettes
For the first time in this series, the ordinary user of English can have the benefit of learning one of the fascinating Bantu tongues of East Africa at the feet of a primary researcher and native speaker, in the comfort of one's own home and at an hour to suit oneself. The secret of the spoken tongue in very many languages of Africa is in the intonation and through mastering phrases in this delightful course students can not only enjoy Chagga but be equipped for the task of African language study in whatever the chosen field.
Nommbe? (Are you ready?)
Yee, ngammba ...
40 pages + two audio cassettes. Price: see top of page. ISBN 0 948565 94 2
Edited by Joseph Biddulph
With an introduction to the Macro-Sudanic Languages including a resumé of Nandi-Kipsigis Grammar, illustrated with a map of Chagga dialects and a chart of Macro-Sudanic languages.
This booklet is a mine of useful ideas for anyone interested in the languages and peoples of East Africa, the Nilotic group, and the local history of the Kilimanjaro area.
20 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 0 948565 95 0
There is something noble and encouraging in the French-based Creoles of the
Caribbean, and surely one of the most fascinating of all is the spoken tongue
of Haiti, a speech whose origins are misted in the clouds of enigma and
In this little book, Africanist Joseph Biddulph turns to the Creoles, examines the richness of these little-known treasures, and offers some jewels for further examination and appreciation.
24 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 0 948565 96 9
Inexpensive works for quick reference in the decipherment of alphabets and
scripts are hard to come by, and the African native scripts are unjustly
neglected. Africanists, librarians and researchers of all kinds should find
ready help in this most serviceable little book. It contains a crib to four
important scripts and refers to others, thus making it possible for readers
to glimpse the immense variety of the cultures of Africa, and making their
The text ranges from the Tuareg script used for messages left in the Great Sahara, through the nigh-forgotten syllabary of the dying Vai tongue of Sierra Leone, that may have inspired the Djuka syllabic writing of Suriname(!), through the curious and curviform Moghrebi script of West Africa, to the chunky and long-descended Ethiopic alphabet of the Tigré, Tigrinya and Amharic civilisations: it's all here in a concise and usable form.
32 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 0 948565 97 7
A brief and useful guide to the language of Slovenia, designed to enable the
reader to progress to more advanced materials, and to assist appreciation of
cognate Slavonic tongues.
With a light touch, George Carcas leads the reader with sympathy and humour
into the essentials of Slovene structure, grammar, and vocabulary.
36 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 0 948565 98 5
A feast for the linguist... A treat for inquisitive minds with
an interest in Georgia...
The Republic of Georgia boasts an ancient tongue in its own beautiful script that is the best documented of the distinctive Caucasian languages. And this book enables readers of English to sample it for themselves. For the linguist and general reader alike, P.J. Hillery's compact and intelligent account amply repays careful perusal. As well as the useful analysis of the Georgian structure, features include a key to the script, and a note on the older form of the language, that was vehicle of a medieval Christian civilisation.
32 pages + preface. Price: see top of page. ISBN 0 948565 99 3
For more information on Georgia and Georgian(s) see Armazi Services.
This 26 page booklet provides a bird's (eagle's?) eye view of the Hopi
language, spoken by several tens of thousands of people in the north-east part
Hopi is a not too difficult Native American Language and is a good
representative of the Uto-Aztecan language family, which stretches from
California far into Mexico.
The booklet can serve as an easy way to acquaint oneself with one of the more
prominent Native American languages, and with the Uto-Aztecan language family.
Table of Contents
26 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 00 3
Includes ogham, Northumbrian and Norse runes and summary Northumbrian
36 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 01 1
This beautiful little book shares with the reader the dramatic and romantic mountain
landscape of a South Wales Valley. Full of packed, concise prose and some evocative
verses, it recommends the railway, bus and pair of feet as means to enjoy a remarkable
and rugged outdoor experience!
28 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 02 X
Revised and improved version dealing with the West-Frisian language of
the Netherlands. Sundry notes that, despite their modest scope, provide
one of the few sources in an English medium dealing with the nearest
Continental relative to English.
24 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 03 8
56 pages of the first grammar of the Dobuan language to be published in
English: an Austronesian (Melanesian) tongue, it resembles many languages of
the area to a greater and lesser degree, and helps in the elucidation of the
problems peculiar to the Austronesian family, as well as illustrating the life
of a little-known part of the world.
This little book is essential reading for anyone bound for Milne Bay Province, and its easy-to-con phrases are a boon to specialist and non-specialist alike. It is also our hope that Dobuan speakers themselves may find this work useful in explaining, and developing pride in, a unique heritage.
56 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 04 6
Another inspiring and friendly, concise and useful Slavonic grammar from the
pen of George Carcas!
This brilliantly concise 36-page book gives a clear guide to the complex grammar of Byelorussian, with a selection of real sentences for translation and interpretation exercises, and a straightforward introduction to the Cyrillic script as adapted to the language. A Cyrillic/Roman vocabulary rounds of one of the few sources in English for the study of Byelorussian, essential for scholars and visitors.
Those who have met with Mr Carcas's Concise Grammar of Slovene will enjoy another opportunity to enjoy his impish style, which convinces us that for once the author on the side of the reader!
36 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 05 4
It's time to discover the lost Celtic language of South West England, as
spoken circa 700 A.D. and earlier, in the time of King Arthur. Reconstructed
from its daughter languages, Breton and Cornish, and hints in early sources,
it is now available only from the booklet below, while stocks last. A good way
for those who have never studied a Celtic language to begin a new range of
The author boldly reconstructs the forms of the vanished Brythonic language of Southwest England, the ancestor of Cornish and Breton, with notes on the life, the placenames, grammar and vocabulary of pre-Saxon Wessex.
If it is Arthur whose grave is shown to you at Glastonbury, then this could have been the language he spoke. Anyway, this book attempts to unravel some of the puzzles left to us by remote antiquity, and this in an accessible and friendly fashion.
36 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 06 2
Here is another brilliantly concise Slavonic grammar from the versatile
pen of George Carcas: essential reading for all intelligent visitors to
the Ukraine, and those interested in its culture and heritage.
36 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 07 0
20 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 08 9
At last, an opportunity for those savaged by this editor to
get their own back. A motley collection of outdoor experiences
versified in various modes with varying success, sometimes
passionate and boistrous, sometimes cheerful and jocular,
with the earnestness of a poet born too late to be the
genuine Victorian. Produced in compact form suitable for
posting to any address in the world.
Husmerae is mentioned in an Anglo-Saxon charter concerning the area around Kinver, Staffordshire, England. Other places that are evoked include Birmingham, the river Shannon, Rathdrum, Sussex, Pontypridd, Merthyr Tydfil, the Eildon Hills in Scotland, and the Welsh Border Country.
20 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 09 7
36 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 10 0
Y Carw Seliawnt, "the leaping stag", arms of the Gethins of
both Wales and Ireland, is a symbol of two neglected national
heraldries. Using field researches as much as possible, in
the engaging way used in the magazine Hrafnhoh, the author
relates examples to Scottish and general usage and to the
broader contexts of Welsh and Irish national life. This
useful little book urges readers to conduct their own
investigations and proclaims a rich future for heraldry, in its
colour and variety, under just, republican and egalitarian
Heraldry by definition may appear to be the most staid, and ancient, and least provocative of subjects. The introduction to this little book would like to dispel that image for once and for all. See also Part Two.
40 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 11 9
This compact booklet affords the reader an easy opportunity to get acquainted
with Burushaski, an isolated and remarkable language spoken by several tens of
thousands of people in the Karakoram mountains. Together with Basque, Ket,
Nivkh and perhaps Nehali, Burushaski is one of the last languages on earth to
defy classification, and even the most liberal language classifiers allow
Burushaski at least 10 000 years of independent development.
The booklet covers the phonetics, the grammar of nouns, adjectives and verbs, the syntax and the numerals of the Yasin dialect of Burushaski, in an easy-going style, yet in as much detail as 40 pages will allow. Occasionally, possible parallels with the Yeniseian language Ket are pointed out. The Hunza dialect of the language is introduced in a short comparison. A small annotated bibliography is helpful for further study. Table of Contents
40 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 12 7
Poems of the 18th-century hymnwriter who shone more in Welsh than in
English letters, with a full introduction to Classical, Welsh and
40 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 13 5
This little book is a valuable investment for anyone who really wants to
understand what Chinese is and how it works.
Other approaches may require hard work and persistence, while this
gently illuminates and keeps the ardour for knowledge fresh and lively.
37 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 14 3
32 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 15 1
24 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 16 X
Revival of vigorous and meaningful Anglo-Saxon vocabulary in modern
36 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 21 6
36 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 22 4
See Part One.
Both these volumes use examples collected in the field and other sources
to try and redress the balance against Welsh, Irish, etc. heraldries.
40 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 23 2
36 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 24 0
40 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 25 9
Illustrated with coats of arms and their blazons relevant to the verses.
A blending of heraldry and poetry making contributions to both: the poetry has a lively social conscience, the heraldry an eye for the quaint.
40 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 26 7
48 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 28 3
56 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 29 1
In preparation. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 30 5
Something autobiographical and readable wrapped around some language
discoveries and discussions.
Because of the full treatment in Moto na Maji##,
African languages will receive less emphasis here, but the rest of the
world, the rest of history...
No corny of far-fetched theories of language origin, just a language
In preparation. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 31 3
Deals with the extraordinary Annobonese and the extinct Black Dutch of
the Virgin Islands.
44 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 34 8
Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 35 6
This essay attempts to demonstrate what we can and cannot prove from the
classification of languages of Africa.
The fruit of many years' study and thought and some dissatisfaction with
In preparation. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 36 4
In preparation. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 38 0
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In preparation. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 42 9
Robert Craig's fascinating tour-de-force presents a West Country
Brythonic tongue for contemporary use. Another useful tool in
commencing Celtic language complexities.
40 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 43 7
Designed for general as well as specialist readership, a very readable
and positive account that attempts to list and describe every language
of the continent.
We guarantee that you will not find anywhere else an information source as informal and affectionate as this.
3 Booklet Volumes 52+52+56 pages + Supplement. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 44 5
Selected points of grammar and examples of dialects from the North Frisian
area and opening up access to the
enchanting and uncannily familiar North Frisian in an easy and friendly
28 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 45 3
21 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 46 1
A treat for linguists - and not to be missed
Newly imported from India specially for our customers:
Perhaps the oldest language spoken in India, a member of the Munda group, Santali is agglutinative in structure and presents us with some totally unexpected grammatical features. Muscat's introduction connects the language with Cambodian, Khmer, even Hungarian and Japanese, while relationships with both Dravidan and Indo-Aryan tongues are obvious too. This little book is a must for all those interested in the cultural origins of the Subcontinent. Modified roman script used throughout.
Santali - A New Approach is published at Sahibganj, Bihar.
Available through Joseph Biddulph Publisher.
103 pages. Price: see top of page.
1989. Aberdeen University Press.
184 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 0 080377 21 1
Le Chevalier à l'Epée & La Mule sans Frein.
Texts in old French with glossary and full notes for two lighthearted
tales of Arthuriana.
1972. Scottish Academic Press.
155 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 0 701118 84 9