An Introduction to Middle English
This authoritative survey offers a concise description of Middle English, the language of Chaucer, during the period from 1100 to 1500. Middle English is discussed in relation to both earlier and later stages in the history of English and in regard to other languages with which it came into contact. The book covers the principal features of Middle English spelling, pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary and also introduces Middle English textual studies.
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adjectives adverbs Ancrene Wisse Anglo-Saxon Annd appears Burnley Canterbury chapter Chaucer's Chaucerian English Chaucerian usage clauses consonant copied dative derived from OE developed dialects diatopic diphthongs discussion distinction edition Ellesmere manuscript EModE evidence example feminine fifteenth century fourteenth century French fricative function fyue gender genitive Geoffrey Chaucer grammar graphemes haue Hengwrt manuscript historical linguistics housbonde inflected inflexional kyng LALME language Latin lexical lexicon loanwords London long vowels mede medieval Middle English Midlands modern neuter Norse Northern noun phrase Old Norse Ormulum paradigm participle passage pattern Peterborough Chronicle phonemic Piers Plowman poem prepositions present-day pronoun pronunciation Proto-Germanic prototypically Recommendations for reading reference reflex of OE scholars scribe seems shal sholde singular Southern spelling spelling-system stressed syllables Tale texts thanne third person transition from OE varieties verb phrase vocabulary whan woot words writing written