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A. F. and M. E. A. F. form A. F. origin A. F. words allied Anglo-French Anglo-Saxon aphaeresis aphesis Arabic Aryan became M. E. become borrowed Celtic Central French century Chaucer close common consonant consonantal Cotgrave denoted derived dialect Dictionary Diet dimin diphthong disappears epenthetic etymology examples excrescent final Folk-Latin French words Gaston Paris gives Godefroy Goth Greek Grimm's Law Hence heraldry initial inserted Ital Italian labialisation language large number later Latin words lost Low Lat M. E. and A. F. Medially Middle English modern English modern French number of words obsolete occurs palatalised phonetic preceding prefix pronounced pronunciation remains remarkable rime Romance languages Schwan sense short sometimes Span Spanish spelling spelt stem suffix symbol syncopated trilled unaccented usually verb voiceless vowel Vulgate whence F whilst written
Page iii - And who, in time, knows whither we may vent The treasure of our tongue, to what strange shores This gain of our best glory shall be sent, T' enrich unknowing nations with our stores? What worlds in th' yet unformed Occident May come refined with th
Page 299 - Henry Earle of Surrey were the two chieftaines, who hauing trauailed into Italie, and there tasted the sweete and stately measures and stile of the Italian 'Poesie as nouices newly crept out of the schooles of Dante Arioste and Petrarch, they greatly pollished our rude and homely maner of vulgar Poesie, from that it had bene before, and for that cause may iustly be sayd the first reformers of our English meetre and stile.
Page 298 - And yet ten Morte Arthures do not the tenth part so much harme as one of these bookes made in Italie and translated in England.
Page 121 - Old Kaspar took it from the boy Who stood expectant by: And then the old man shook his head, And with a natural sigh "'Tis some poor fellow's skull," said he, "Who fell in the great victory.
Page 121 - The war, that for a space did fail, Now trebly thundering swelled the gale, And ' Stanley ! ' was the cry. A light on Marmion's visage spread, And fired his glazing eye ; With dying hand above his head He shook the fragment of his blade, And shouted ' Victory ! — Charge, Chester, charge! On, Stanley, on!
Page 163 - That's an excellent word to begin withal ; as, for example, he or she said a thousand Sottises to me. Proceed. Phil. Figure : As, what a figure of a man is there ! Naive and naivete. Mel. Na'ive ! as how ? Phil. Speaking of a thing that was naturally said, it was so naive; or such an innocent piece of simplicity 'twas such a naivete.
Page 21 - And Frensh she spak ful faire and fetisly, After the scole of Stratford atte Bowe, For Frensh of Paris was to hir unknowe.
Page 259 - ... selfdeception was assisted by their catching a word or phrase here and there the meaning of which they really understood. The Latin tongue must in those days have been heard in common life on a thousand occasions from which it has now passed away. It was the language of all the learned professions, of law and physic as well as of divinity, in all their grades. It was in Latin that the teachers at the Universities (many of whom, as well as of the ecclesiastics, were foreigners) delivered their...
Page xxix - Unfortunately it was supposed to represent the French a which arose from the Latin ad, and this Latin ad was actually introduced into the written form, after which the d came to be sounded. If, then, the prefix ad- in ad-vance can be said to represent anything, it must be taken to represent a Latin prefix abd-!