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English in the Middle Ages

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This is an enquiry into the use and status of English in medieval England. It is concerned with English relative to French and Latin and with its regional and social varieties in relation to each other. It considers how people then viewed language and how their notion of the significance of English influenced the way they used it.
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published August 7th 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Jan 18, 2009 Desclian rated it did not like it
Shelves: studies-medieval

Machan's arguments are based wholly on comparing Middle English varieties to modern English dialects. The former, he says, aren't dialects at all because they're not like modern English ones. The same argumentation, in other areas, might be used to say that people weren't human in the middle ages because they didn't think globally like we do today.

What a horrid little book.
Mar 19, 2015 Eleni rated it liked it
The chapter on the Baron's Wars during the reign of Henry III was very informative and helpful. The rest on dialects was not.
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