By Jeremy Smith, Simon Horobin
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Extra info for An Introduction to Middle English (Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language)
Such verse lasted longest in the Northern and Western parts of England, where more conservative cultures dominated. Late ME alliterative poetry is sometimes known as ‘pure-stress’ verse since there is no close correlation between the length of the line and the number of syllables; cohesion is supplied by alliteration between verse-units and the special poetic diction used derives from OE usage. A tradition of vernacular devotion saw poetic expression in William Langland’s English alliterative philosophical poem Piers Plowman and in the prose associated with the Oxford theologian and ‘premature Protestant’ John Wycliffe.
Advanced students will also ﬁnd useful the collection of important papers brought together in Laing (1989). Most of the comprehensive histories of the language contain discussions of the rise of written standard English, but students should also consult the seminal papers of Samuels (1963 [reprinted with corrections 1989], 1981) and Benskin (1992). g. 1984, 1996) derive in part from Samuels’ work, but have been severely criticised; a new comprehensive discussion, by Benskin, is currently in progress.
2, 3 Once this point of reference has been established, the remaining section in the chapter contains detailed accounts of the origins and development of sound- and spelling-systems found in various parts of the country at different times in the ME period. 4 Chaucerian transmission Chaucer’s sound-system can be organised into the following categories: vowels in stressed syllables (short, long, diphthongal), vowels of unstressed syllables and consonants. For each category, an inventory of phonemes will be offered in what follows, with comments on the lexical distribution of these phonemes and discussion (insofar as it is possible) on allophonic realisations.
An Introduction to Middle English (Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language) by Jeremy Smith, Simon Horobin