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Simon Horobin is Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Magdalen College. He is the author of several books on the history of the English language; in 2005 he was awarded the English Association's Beatrice White Prize. His most recent book, Does Spelling Matter?, examines the role of spelling today, considering why English spelling is so difficult to master, whether it should be reformed, and whether the electronic age signals the demise of correct spelling. His blog about spelling is at

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'A well-written and informative book.' - Robert Boenig, Texas A&M University, USA

'The book is accessibly written and presented, but also maintains rigorous standards of scholarship, and is informed by the most recent research...This will be a valuable teaching and reference tool for courses on Chaucer, Middle English language and literature, and history of the English language, but is also of interest to the general reader.' - Medium Ævum

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SIMON HOROBIN is Reader in English Language at the University of Glasgow, UK. He is author of An Introduction to Middle English and The Language of the Chaucer Tradition.

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A fun and interesting discussion of Chaucer and ME 19 Mar. 2008
By aetius - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have read the Canterbury tales previously, but with this book whole new dimensions have opened up (e.g. the use of Northern ME in the Reeve's Tale). This book provides both a historical and (especially) linguistic discussion of Chaucer and his times in England, with particular reference to the Canterbury Tales. Horobin obviously has much to say and so many points come out as almost incidental examples. As such, this book will bring more with additional readings. However, as this is an interesting and fun book, this is not a burdensome task.

I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who has already read the Canterbury Tales and would like to get more out of it, but does not want to delve in ME studies proper.
Leeds University Library 18 Oct. 2014
By Sandra A. Allen - Published on
Format: Paperback
It came 2 days before the earliest date it was due. It is exactly what I need to help me read
Chaucer in Middle English. Thank you.
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