9781405117098

A Book of Middle English

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    9781405117098

  • ISBN10:

    1405117095

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-11-30
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Summary

This essential Middle English textbook, now in its third edition, introduces students to the wide range of literature written in England between 1150 and 1400. New, thoroughly revised edition of this essential Middle English textbook. Introduces the language of the time, giving guidance on pronunciation, spelling, grammar, metre, vocabulary and regional dialects. Now includes extracts from 'Pearl' and Chaucer's 'Troilus and Criseyde'. Bibliographic references have been updated throughout. Each text is accompanied by detailed notes.

Author Biography

J.A. Burrow is Emeritus Professor at Bristol University. His many publications include Medieval Writers and their Work (1982) and Gestures and Looks in Medieval Narrative (2002).


Thorlac Turville-Petre is Professor of Medieval English Literature at the University of Nottingham. His previous publications include England the Nation (1996) and The Piers Plowman Electronic Archive, Vol. 2: Trinity College, Cambridge, MS B.15.19 (CD-ROM, 2000).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Preface to the Third Edition xi
Abbreviations xii
PART ONE
1 Introducing Middle English
3(6)
1.1 The Period
3(2)
1.1.1 From Old to Middle English
3(1)
1.1.2 From Middle to Modern English
4(1)
1.2 Varieties of Middle English
5(4)
1.2.1 Regional Dialects
5(3)
1.2.2 Early and Late Middle English
8(1)
1.2.3 Spelling
8(1)
2 Pronouncing Middle English
9(5)
2.1 Introduction
9(1)
2.2 Vowels
10(2)
2.2.1 The Long Vowels
10(1)
2.2.2 The Short Vowels
11(1)
2.2.3 Unstressed Final -e
11(1)
2.2.4 The Diphthongs
12(1)
2.3 Consonants
12(1)
2.4 Stress
13(1)
3 Vocabulary
14(5)
3.1 Introduction
14(1)
3.2 Scandinavian
14(1)
3.3 English, French and Latin
15(2)
3.4 Latin Loan-Words
17(1)
3.5 French Loan-Words
18(1)
4 Inflexions
19(19)
4.1 Introduction
19(1)
4.1.1 The Inflexional System
19(1)
4.1.2 Loss of Inflexional Endings
19(1)
4.2 Nouns
20(4)
4.2.1 Introduction
20(1)
4.2.2 Noun Inflexions: Earl, Southern Texts
21(1)
4.2.3 Developments in Noun Inflexions
22(1)
4.2.4 Genitive Singular Without Ending
23(1)
4.2.5 Unchanged Plurals
23(1)
4.2.6 Mutated Plurals
23(1)
4.3 Pronouns and Articles
24(3)
4.3.1 Forms of the Personal Pronouns
24(1)
4.3.2 First and Second Person Pronouns
24(1)
4.3.3 Third Person Pronouns: Masculine and Neuter Singular
25(1)
4.3.4 Third Person Pronouns: Feminine Singular
25(1)
4.3.5 Third Person Pronouns: Plural
26(1)
4.3.6 The Definite Article
26(1)
4.3.7 Demonstratives
27(1)
4.3.8 The Indefinite Article
27(1)
4.4 Adjectives and Adverbs
27(3)
4.4.1 Definite and Indefinite Inflexions
27(1)
4.4.2 Inflexions for Case
28(1)
4.4.3 Comparison of Adjectives
29(1)
4.4.4 Comparison of Adverbs
29(1)
4.5 Verbs
30(8)
4.5.1 Introduction
30(1)
4.5.2 Present Tense
30(2)
4.5.3 Past Tense and Past Participle
32(1)
4.5.4 Past of Weak Verbs
32(1)
4.5.5 The Verbs 'Have' and 'Say'
33(1)
4.5.6 Past of Strong Verbs
34(1)
4.5.7 Irregular Verbs
35(1)
4.5.8 The Verb 'To Be'
36(2)
5 Syntax
38(18)
5.1 Gender
38(1)
5.2 Number
38(1)
5.3 Use of Cases
39(2)
5.3.1 Nominative and Accusative
39(1)
5.3.2 Genitive
39(1)
5.3.3 Dative
40(1)
5.4 Pronouns and Articles
41(3)
5.4.1 Pou and Ze
41(1)
5.4.2 Non-expression of Personal Pronouns
41(1)
5.4.3 Man
42(1)
5.4.4 Self
42(1)
5.4.5 Reflexive Pronouns
42(1)
5.4.6 Relative Pronouns
43(1)
5.4.7 The Articles
44(1)
5.5 Adjectives and Adverbs
44(1)
5.5.1 Position
44(1)
5.5.2 Comparatives and Superlatives
44(1)
5.5.3 Adjectives as Nouns
45(1)
5.6 Verbs
45(1)
5.6.1 Use of Present Tense
45(1)
5.6.2 Use of Past Tense
45(1)
5.6.3 Auxiliaries of the Past
46(1)
5.6.4 Auxiliaries of the Future: shall and will
46(1)
5.6.5 The Infinitive
47(1)
5.6.6 The Subjunctive
48(1)
5.6.7 The Imperative
50(1)
5.6.8 Impersonal Verbs
50(1)
5.6.9 Verbs of Motion
51(1)
5.6.10 The Passive
51(1)
5.7 Negation
52(1)
5.8 Questions
52(1)
5.9 Word-Order
5.9.1 Inversion
53(1)
5.9.2 The Object
54(1)
5.9.3 Prepositions
54(1)
5.9.4 Relative Clauses
54(1)
5.9.5 Adverbial Phrases
54(1)
5.9.6 Verb in Final Position
55(1)
5.10 Recapitulation and Anticipation
55(1)
6 Metre
56(6)
6.1 Introduction
56(1)
6.2 Rhymed Verse
56(3)
6.3 Alliterative Verse
59(2)
6.4 Lazamon's Brut
61(1)
7 From Manuscript to Printed Text
62(3)
8 Select Bibliography
65(9)
8.1 Bibliographies and Indexes
65(1)
8.2 Language Studies
65(2)
8.3 General Studies of the Literature
67(2)
8.4 Studies of Particular Genres
69(1)
8.5 Historical and Social Studies
70(4)
PART TWO: PROSE AND VERSE TEXTS
Note on Treatment of Texts
74(1)
1 The Peterborough Chronicle 1137
75(1)
2 The Owl and the Nightingale
81(1)
3 La3amon: Brut
96(1)
4 Ancrene Wisse
106(1)
5 Sir Orfeo
112(1)
6 The Cloud of Unknowing
132(1)
7 William Langland: Piers Plowman
141(1)
8 Patience
162(1)
9 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
182(20)
10 Pearl
202(19)
11 St Erkenwald
221(14)
12 John Trevisa: Dialogue between a Lord and a Clerk
235(8)
13 John Gower: Confessio Amantis
243(12)
14 Lyrics
255(17)
15 Thc York Play of the Crucifixion
272(11)
16 Geoffrey Chaucer: The Parliament of Fowls
283(26)
17 Geoffrey Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde
309(18)
18 Geoffrey Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
327(29)
18a The Reeve's Tale
328(18)
18b The Prioress's Tale
346(10)
Textual Notes 356(7)
Glossary 363

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