An Introduction to Middle English (Edinburgh Textbooks on by Jeremy Smith, Simon Horobin PDF

By Jeremy Smith, Simon Horobin

ISBN-10: 074861480X

ISBN-13: 9780748614806

ISBN-10: 0748614818

ISBN-13: 9780748614813

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What rekketh me, theigh folk seye vileynye Of shrewed Lameth and his bigamye? ’ Recommendations for reading The best way of learning about ME is to read a lot of ME, and there are numerous readers and editions designed for the beginning student. The following is a selection of such resources. Unfortunately, several collections are out of print, but library copies can be consulted and secondhand copies can still be found. EME is particularly poorly served by major publishers. Beginning students may also find it helpful at the outset to read ME texts in translation.

Beadle (pp. 319–31); in our experience students gain a lot from looking (even in reproduction) at the manuscriptevidence for ME. Notes 1. Although they are the most authoritative manuscripts of the Tales – that is they seem to reproduce a text very close, in substantive terms, to what Chaucer actually wrote – neither the Hengwrt nor the Ellesmere manuscript represents Chaucer’s own usage. There is, however, some evidence that the Hengwrt manuscript reproduces Chaucer’s linguistic practice a little more accurately; see further Chapter 7 below.

G. 1984, 1996) derive in part from Samuels’ work, but have been severely criticised; a new comprehensive discussion, by Benskin, is currently in progress. 1 Some preliminaries: the relationship between speech and writing In Chapter 1, it may be recalled, the relationship between levels of language was identified as follows: meaning (semantics) is expressed through grammar and lexicon, and grammar and lexicon are transmitted through speech and writing. 1). It will be clear from this diagram that there are special relationships between lexicon and grammar, both of which express meaning, and between speech and writing, both of which transmit lexicon and grammar.

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