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

By Jeremy Smith, Simon Horobin

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More advanced students will need to work with the editions published 02 pages 001-184 24 29/1/03 16:27 Page 24 AN INTRODUCTION TO MIDDLE ENGLISH by the Early English Text Society (EETS). EETS was founded in the middle of the nineteenth century, primarily to provide quotations for the New English Dictionary (later the OED), but it developed to become the main publisher of OE and ME literary and non-literary texts, with one or more publications appearing every year. EETS editions have varied in orientation and appearance since the foundation of the series.

In present-day Southern English dialects, the vowels in these two words are now distinct: [ ] and [υ]. However, the older pronunciation made no difference in the vowel in these words, much as is the case in present-day Northern English accents. The writing-system is conservative, and does not distinguish the two. 02 pages 001-184 42 29/1/03 16:27 Page 42 AN INTRODUCTION TO MIDDLE ENGLISH Thus, although English remains an essentially phonographic writingsystem, it has over many years of use developed certain conventionalised features.

Prototypical forms, not all of which co-occur in every text belonging to the Type in question, are: Type I: sich SUCH, mych MUCH, ony ANY, silf SELF, stide STEAD, 3ouun GIVEN, si3 SAW Type II: werld WORLD, 2at ilch(e) THAT VERY, no(i)2er NEITHER, 2ei(3) THOUGH, 2ai/hij THEY Type III: world, thilke/that ilk(e) THAT VERY, neither NEITHER, though THOUGH, they THEY, yaf GAVE, nat NOT, swich(e) SUCH, bot BUT, hir(e) THEIR, thise THESE Type IV: gaf GAVE, not NOT, but BUT, such(e) SUCH, theyre THEIR, thes(e) THESE, thorough/2orowe THROUGH, shulde SHOULD Types II through IV represent varieties of London English in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries; Type IV is, very broadly speaking, the ancestor of modern English spelling.

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