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ISBN-10: 1405117095

ISBN-13: 9781405117098

This crucial center English textbook, now in its 3rd version, introduces scholars to the wide variety of literature written in England among 1150 and 1400.

New, completely revised version of this crucial center English textbook.
Introduces the language of the time, giving assistance on pronunciation, spelling, grammar, metre, vocabulary and local dialects.
Now contains extracts from ‘Pearl’ and Chaucer’s ‘Troilus and Criseyde’.
Bibliographic references were up-to-date throughout.
Each textual content is followed via exact notes.

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Wise, ‘of ways’, 2/20; kingen, ‘of kings’, 3/113; Ancrene Wisse, ‘Anchoresses’ Guide’, 4/title (uninflected form Ancre). mid Kine clivres, ‘with your talons’, 2/84; wit his bridde, ‘with his chicks’, 2/111; smale fo4le, ‘to small birds’, 2/277; mid sweordes, ‘with swords’, 3/69, and yet mid sweoreden, 3/143. dat. sg. /acc. pl. gen. pl. dat. pl. 3 Developments in Noun Inflexions This diversity of forms was simplified from an early date in northern and eastern parts of the country. In the mid-twelfth century The Peterborough Chronicle (text 1) has what is essentially the modern paradigm: sg.

Sg. have haf sei say 33 8/5/04, 9:22 AM 34 Inflexions past indic. sg. 1 2 3 pl. past ppl. 6 Past of Strong Verbs Strong verbs form their past tense by changing the stem vowel. In early texts a verb may exhibit as many as four different stem vowels: one in the infinitive and present tense, a second in the first and third persons singular of the past tense indicative, a third in the other forms of the past tense, and a fourth in the past participle. For example, in the language of the Ancrene Wisse, scheoten, ‘to shoot’: infin.

Some are survivals of Old English neuter nouns that were unchanged in the nominative and accusative plural, such as King, 5/4, word, 2/139, wunder, 1/11, and also hors, 5/304 and other words for animals, as deore, 3/117; compare the Modern English plural ‘deer’. 2. The plural dede, ‘deeds’, 16/82, is a late survival of the OE feminine plural dRda; compare dædes already in the Peterborough Chronicle, 1/53. Words already ending in -s in the singular may be unchanged in the plural: kindenes, ‘kindnesses’, 6/209.

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