Sources of London English: Medieval Thames Vocabulary

Sources of London English: Medieval Thames Vocabulary

by Laura Wright
     
 

The macaronic (mixed-language) business texts of London for the period 1275 to 1500 present a rich source of evidence for the medieval dialect of London English. Hitherto they have been ignored because of mistaken ideas about their value, but Laura Wright offers a reassessment of their importance in the development of the English language. The book focuses on

Overview

The macaronic (mixed-language) business texts of London for the period 1275 to 1500 present a rich source of evidence for the medieval dialect of London English. Hitherto they have been ignored because of mistaken ideas about their value, but Laura Wright offers a reassessment of their importance in the development of the English language. The book focuses on terminology surrounding the River Thames to present a study of the medieval dialect of London. The vocabulary survey lists many words which had previously been lost to us, and the illustrative extracts from the texts present a fascinating picture of life in medieval times on the River Thames. The author's analysis covers the orthography, phonology, and morphology of the dialect as revealed in these texts.

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"...Wright's survey provides the precise information any careful student of English linguistic history would require....the entires in this survey often antedate citations in these dictionaries and everywhere flesh them out with illustrations that complicate and more fully specify their meaning and characteristic use."—Speculum

"A detailed study of Middle English vocabulary belonging to a unique semantic field is always to be welcomed, particularly one as meticulously researched and well presented as Laura Wright's book."—American Journal of Germanic Linguistics & Literatures

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198239093
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/23/1996
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile:
1370L (what's this?)

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University of Hertfordshire

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