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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.

* Joseph Biddulph: A Handbook of Mercian: Remarks on the Midland Dialect of Late Anglo-Saxon

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

* Joseph Biddulph: Introduction to Bushman.

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

* Joseph Biddulph: An Introduction to Luo, A Nilotic Language of Kenya.

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

* J. Biddulph: They Stayed Behind: Plattdeutsch of the Anglo-Saxon Homeland.

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

* Joseph Biddulph: Sango - An Esperanto of Africa.

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

* Joseph Biddulph: Biddulph's Concise Versemaker.

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

* Mrs Sinclair-Stevenson: An Outline of Gujarati. Selective reprint.

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

* Sir Walter Scott: The Two Drovers

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

* Joseph Biddulph (Ed.): Baroque Scots: Some Scots-language Poetry of Allan Ramsay

`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

* Rev. Walter W. Skeat, Skeat's English - Anglo-Saxon Vocabulary, 1879. Reprint.

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

* Joseph Biddulph: Lithuanian - A Beginning.

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

* Joseph Biddulph: Old Danish of the Old Danelaw - An Outline of the Norse of the English East Midlands, 850-1150 A.D.

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

* Joseph Biddulph: A Short Ibo Grammar.

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

* Bernard Leeman, Ph.D., Trilas Lauwo, B.Sc. MRPhS: A Course in the Vunjo Dialect of the Kichagga Language of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

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

* Bernard Leeman and Informants: Ongamoi (KiNgassa), A Nilotic Remnant of Kilimanjaro

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

* Joseph Biddulph: The Noble Language of Haiti - Notes on Haitien and the Creoles

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 dispute.
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

* Joseph Biddulph: Native African Alphabets of Modern Times

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 exploration easier.
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

* George Carcas: A Concise Grammar of Slovene

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

* P. J. Hillery: Georgian: The Kartvelian Literary Language

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
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* Dick Grune: Hopi - Survey of an Uto-Aztecan Language

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 of Arizona. 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

* Joseph Biddulph: Northumbrian, and Other Languages of the Old North

Includes ogham, Northumbrian and Norse runes and summary Northumbrian grammar.
36 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 01 1

* Joseph Biddulph: Walking The Wild Rhondda

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

* Joseph Biddulph: Notes on Frisian (West Frisian)

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

* Martin B. Atchison, edited by Raoul Zamponi: Dobuan Grammar (D'Entrecasteaux Islands, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea)

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

* George Carcas: A Concise Grammar of Byelorussian

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

* Joseph Biddulph: Handbook of West Country Brythonic

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 experience.
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

* George Carcas: A Concise Grammar of Ukrainian

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

* Joseph Biddulph: A Grammar of Old Saxon (Of the Continent)


20 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 08 9

* Joseph Biddulph: This Was the Province Husmerae, Selected Poetic Works, 1997.

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

* George Carcas: A Concise Grammar of Slovak


36 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 10 0

* Joseph Biddulph: Y Carw Seliawnt: Remarks on Welsh, Gaelic and General Heraldry (Part One)

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 government.
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

* Dick Grune: Burushaski: An Extraordinary Language in the Karakoram Mountains

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

* Joseph Biddulph, Editor: Come, Faithful Muse: Some English-Language Poems of William Pantycelyn

Poems of the 18th-century hymnwriter who shone more in Welsh than in English letters, with a full introduction to Classical, Welsh and Methodist contexts.
40 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 13 5

* Robert Neal Baxter: Chinese: That Marvellous Tongue

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. Highly recommended.
37 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 14 3

* Joseph Biddulph: An Introduction to Malagasy: The Language of Madagascar


32 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 15 1

* John Kruse: The Spoils of Law: An Essay on the Language of Early English and Celtic Laws of Distraint


24 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 16 X

* David Cowley: Eldsay English: New Life for Old English Words

Revival of vigorous and meaningful Anglo-Saxon vocabulary in modern English writing.
36 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 21 6

* Joseph Biddulph: Mandingo - Malinké - Bambara: Speeches of Old Mali. A Brief Introduction


36 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 22 4

* Joseph Biddulph: Y Carw Seliawnt: Remarks on Welsh, Gaelic and General Heraldry (Part Two)

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

* George Carcas: A Concise Grammar of Macedonian


36 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 24 0

* Joseph Biddulph: Kanuri: The Bornuese of Northern Nigeria and Adjacent Regions. Handbook and Notes


40 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 25 9

* Joseph Biddulph: A Selcuth Mere, and Other Melodies Mercian and Various

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

* George Carcas: A Reference Grammar of Afrikaans


48 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 28 3

* Joseph Biddulph: Tongues of Prester John: An Overview of Ge'ez (Classical Ethiopic) and Amharic.


56 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 29 1

* Joseph Biddulph: Bantu Byways: Some Explorations Among The Languages Of Central and Southern Africa.


In preparation. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 30 5

* Joseph Biddulph: A Love of Languages: An Informal Look at the Languages of the World

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 buff's cornucopia.
In preparation. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 31 3

* Joseph Biddulph: A Second Book of Creole

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

* Joseph Biddulph: Heraldry East: A Crop of Armory from Eastern Parts of England, with a Critical Commentary


Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 35 6

* Joseph Biddulph: Towards A Linguistic History Of Africa

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 existing systems.
In preparation. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 36 4

* Joseph Biddulph: Heraldry West: A Crop of Armory from Western Places in England and Cornwall, with a Critical Commentary


In preparation. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 38 0

* Joseph Biddulph: Heraldry North and Northumbria: A Crop of Armory, with a Critical Commentary


In preparation. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 40 2

* Joseph Biddulph: More Mid-Shire Heraldry: A Crop of Armory from Places in the Middle Parts of England, with a Critical Commentary


In preparation. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 41 0

* Joseph Biddulph: Wappenkunde: A Crop of Armory from Mid Europe, with a Critical Commentary in English


In preparation. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 42 9

* Robert Craig: On Dornlivr in Yeh Vriton Vodern

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

* Joseph Biddulph: Moto Na Maji ("Fire and Water"): A Guide to All the Languages of Africa

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

* J. Biddulph: A Grammar of North Frisian.

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 manner.
28 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 45 3

* George Carcas: A Reference Grammar of Icelandic


21 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 1 897999 46 1

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* George Muscat, S.J.: Santali - A New Approach

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.

* Graham Tulloch: A History of the Scots Bible, with Selected Texts

1989. Aberdeen University Press.
184 pages. Price: see top of page. ISBN 0 080377 21 1

* R.C Johnston and D.D.R. Owen (Eds.): Two Old French Gauvin Romances

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


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