The objective of this course is to allow the student to read the literature of Middle English in the original text.
This is a course in historical linguistics of the English language. We shall take one short text from Geoffrey Chaucer and examine the main differences which it exhibits from modern English.
One text from Chaucer.
Wright, Joseph and Mary. An Elementary Middle English Grammar.
A short test after every second class and a final examination.
１．The course will begin with a brief outline of the historical stages of the English language. The pronunciation of Middle English will be discussed as well as an explanation of the Great Vowel Shift. The development of Middle English as a new form of English with an Anglo-Saxon base but a highly increased vocabulary from French. Various grammatical changes from Middle English to modern will be discussed. Middle English spelling and the dialectal differences will be looked at. ２． ３． ４． ５． ６． ７． ８． ９． 10． 11． 12． 13． 14． 15．
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