‘Why didn’t ye speak to me afore, chiel?’ says an elderly man to a young woman, in Thomas Hardy’s The Trumpet Major. The word appears to be a form of ‘chield’, which the Oxford English Dictionary reluctantly accepts as a variant of child. Although the two words look very close, the change of pronunciation does not follow any regular pattern. ‘Chield’ is normally associated with Scottish speakers, but its use in dialect clearly extended far beyond Scottish borders if Hardy is to be believed. The author seems to have been an accurate reporter of southern dialectal usage in general, and probably heard ‘chiel’ himself. It is tempting to see it as a back-formation from the plural form, children.

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