978-1-889758-70-1 / 1889758701

First Middle English Primer: Extracts from the Ancren Riwle and Ormulum with grammar and glossary

by Sweet, Henry

Publisher:Evolution Pub & Manufacturing



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This elementary handbook in Middle English (spoken from A.D. 1100-1500), first published in 1884, was written by one of the premier authorities on English historical linguistics, Henry Sweet, who is now widely remembered as the model for the Henry Higgins character in Shaw's Pygmalion.

This handy manual introduces students to two slightly different varieties of Middle English. Part I contains a brief grammar and representative extracts from the 13th century Ancren Riwle or "Nuns' Rule" in the southern dialect. Part II is a brief grammar with extracts from the Ormulum, a late 12th century work of poetic homilies of the life of Christ, in East Midland dialect.

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