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English in the Middle Ages
     

English in the Middle Ages

by Tim William Machan
 

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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.

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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.

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"...Machan's volume offers an invaluable resource, which will surely provide the starting point for many new directions in academic research—and, with luck, become the first volume in a sequence of such studies."—Linguist List

"This is a fascinating book, and a brave one, for it is not easy to think meaningfully in several disciplines simultaneously, and Machan here sets himself the daunting task of looking at writing that is, on the whole, historical and literary, while everywhere using the analytic terms and protocols of sociolinguistics.... An eloquent and extended reminder that there are other ways to look at the medieval writing we prize than the ways we have grown accustomed to."—Speculum

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ISBN-13:
9780199282128
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/07/2005
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

T. W. Machan is Professor and Chair of English at Marquette University, where he teaches linguistics and medieval language and literature. He has published extensively on Middle English and Old Norse and edited texts in both languages. His books include Textual Criticism and Middle English Texts (University Press of Virginia, 1994) and English in its Social Contexts (edited with C. T. Scott, OUP, 1992).

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