ISBN-10: 1405117095

ISBN-13: 9781405117098

This crucial center English textbook, now in its 3rd variation, introduces scholars to the wide variety of literature written in England among 1150 and 1400.

New, completely revised variation of this crucial heart English textbook.
Introduces the language of the time, giving counsel on pronunciation, spelling, grammar, metre, vocabulary and neighborhood dialects.
Now comprises extracts from ‘Pearl’ and Chaucer’s ‘Troilus and Criseyde’.
Bibliographic references were up-to-date throughout.
Each textual content is observed by way of exact notes.

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Compare Ki song (nominative) with bi mine songe (dative), 2/220 and 46. 3), the dative became indistinguishable from other cases without inflexion. The dative was used for the indirect object: hi hadden him manred maked, ‘they had done him homage’, 1/11. Without a distinct form for the dative, however, the indirect object had to be distinguished from the direct object by word-order or the use of to, as it is in Modern English: seist me boKe tone and schame, ‘say to me both insult and shame’, 2/50; 4eve hem benes, ‘give them beans’, 7b/177.

French and English were both in more general use. Norman French had been the first, maternal language of the Norman conquerors. For how long French continued to be the first language of the aristocracy and royalty of England is a matter of considerable dispute. King Henry IV (b. 1366) is said to have been the first post-Conquest English monarch whose maternal language was English. Many other English people, especially among the gentry, spoke and wrote French; but for them it was generally a second, acquired language, more or less familiar but increasingly recognized as foreign.

Sg. /acc. pl. gen. pl. dat. pl. 3 Developments in Noun Inflexions This diversity of forms was simplified from an early date in northern and eastern parts of the country. In the mid-twelfth century The Peterborough Chronicle (text 1) has what is essentially the modern paradigm: sg. /acc. gen. dat. pl. (all cases) tun tunes tun or tune tunes After prepositions the noun in the singular sometimes has the dative -e, but is as often uninflected, and in later texts the inflexion is dropped altogether except in a few phrases such as of his live (rhyming with bilive), 5/583, for soKe (rhyming with to Ke), 9/415.

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