Sources of London English: Medieval Thames Vocabulary

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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 ...

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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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  • ISBN-13: 9780198239093
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/23/1996
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Symbols
Introduction 1
1 Business Documents 5
2 Methodology 16
3 Vocabulary Survey 20
3.1 Vocabulary concerned with constructions in the river 20
3.2 Vocabulary concerned with fishing in the river 54
3.3 Vocabulary for states of the river 115
3.4 Vocabulary for objects put into the river 125
3.5 Vocabulary concerned with shipping on the river 138
3.6 Trade names of people working on the river 176
4 Analysis of Headwords 190
4.1 Orthography 190
4.2 Phonology 194
4.3 Morphology 207
4.4 Place-names 212
Bibliography 214
Index of Headwords 237
General Index 241
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