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  1. LINCOM EUROPA, Dictionaries/Plautdietsch: A Dictionary of Plautdietsch Rhyming Words

Message 1: Dictionaries/Plautdietsch: A Dictionary of Plautdietsch Rhyming Words

Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2001 23:04:37 +0100
Subject: Dictionaries/Plautdietsch: A Dictionary of Plautdietsch Rhyming Words

A Dictionary of Plautdietsch Rhyming Words
Eldo Neufeld

The author has been guilty of versifying from his early elementary
school years.

The hours spent searching mentally for proper rhyming words are
unnumbered. Rhyming dictionaries are available in some languages, but
not in the author's Plautdietsch mother tounge. In Little Red Hen
fashion, the only solution was to fashion one oneself. In this attempt
it became immediately clear that an abundance of rhyming words in
English, often spelled in many different ways, does not exist in
Plautdietsch. For example, variations in spelling in the rhyming
portions of words (homonyms) like "ate, bait, straight, freight,"
sound alike and therefore rhyme with each other, have no counterpart
in Plautdietsch. Rhyming words are usually spelled much more
consistently, e.g. "deele" (to divide), "feele" (to feel), "heele"
(to heal), or "Draikj" (dirt), "Flaikj" (intestines), "Saikj" (sacks).
In all three cases of these groups of words, the rhymes are exact. It
appears, therefore, that for the Plautdietsch versifier, the spelling
variations in rhymes are much more limited than those in English.

The book is arranged into three sections:

Section I: Monosyllables, and words accented on the last syllable
Secion II: Words accented on the syllable before the last
Section III: Words accented on the third syllable from the end

In each section words are arranged alphabetically in lists under
phonetic syllables, which are themselves arranged alphabetically.
This arrangement should make it possible for the versifier to go
quickly to a group of words which all contain the sound for which he
is searching.

It is hoped that this work will be found useful for the would-be
Plautdietsch poet who is stuck for a rhyme in the middle of a great
idea, or needs a better word to end a lovesong, or is tired of the
same old refrains.

A Dictionary of Plautdietsch Rhyming Words is part three of the Plautdietsch 
project by Eldo Neufeld (Plautdietsch Grammar, ISBN 3895866156. LINCOM Studies 
in Germanic Linguistics 08; Plautdietsch Verb Conjugation, Vol I. ISBN 389586 
614 8. LINCOM Studies in Germanic Linguistics 09, Vol II. ISBN 389586 882 5. 
LINCOM Studies in Germanic Linguistics 10).

ISBN 3 89586 362 9. 
LINCOM Studies in Germanic Linguistics 15. 
76pp. USD 26 / EUR 28 / � 22.

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