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  • Paperback: 519 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2 Rep Sub edition (31 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801867614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801867613
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,937,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fascinating study for one with any interest in language... In the first 130 pages Mossé gives a detailed account of the grammar of the language and of the changes that were occurring; in the next 200 pages, a varied selection of texts from the 12th, 13th, and 14th centuries; and then 100 pages of notes and glossary. This is no idle-hour reading, but if one really wants to learn about the English language and literature in their formative period, this is the book.

(Christian Century)

In a few words to manage to say so much that is really instructive and helpful to beginners, testifies to the extent of the author's experiences and activity as a teacher of the subject—and his success as such.

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1. It is conventional to call "Middle English" the English spoken and written in Great Britain between about 1150 and 1500, that is, during the period intermediate between Old English (OE) and Modern English (Mod E). Read the first page
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
That Crazy Middle English 3 April 2006
By Trilingual Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
. . . a detailed examination of Middle English in as compact a size as possible. It is a detailed grammar, with pronunciation notes, word forms, sentence structure tendencies/rules and it is also an anthology of well-chosen texts from different dialects and times: We telles, we telleth, or we tellen? It depends on which part of England you are (were) in. The preface is amusing when it suggests that alteration of the spelling "disturbs us deeplee nd wee reegahrd such chanjz as chanjz in the language," i.e. relax your head about spelling: the texts will be easier to read. The first printing was in 1952, so it's elderly, but it makes little difference to its high quality. It is NOT a workbook with exercises and answers. Heavy going, I suppose, if you're not already interested in the subject but fascinating if you're already into the evolution of language, and English in particular. Highly recommended.
a very fine work 2 Jan 2013
By A. Vijunas - Published on Amazon.com
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a very good book, covering the grammar of Middle English (or whatever remained of it). The language is very clear, and large numbers of examples are provided everywhere.
The book also contains a very wide selection of texts, arranged chronologically. The texts are very illustrative, and can be very easily taught in class (upper BA / MA / PhD level). At the end of the book, there are copious notes to the texts, and a simple, but fairly long glossary.
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perfect 3 May 2013
By jessica hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
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this is an item Ive been looking for. I consider the price is right and I received it sooner than I thought. It arrived in perfect conditions and its just the same as the description. I totally recommend it.
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