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Essays and Studies in Middle English

9th International Conference on Middle English, Philological School of Higher Education in Wrocław, 2015

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Edited By Jacek Fisiak, Magdalena Bator and Marta Sylwanowicz

This volume is a selection of papers presented at the 9th International Conference on Middle English held at Wyższa Szkoła Filologiczna (Philological School of Higher Education) in Wrocław, Poland, from April 30 to May 3, 2015. The contributors cover a wide range of topics in the area of language and literature. The linguistic papers constitute the majority of contributions and focus on problems from phonology to grammar, semantics and pragmatics. The literary contributions discuss various aspects of Middle English texts.

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The structure of the Noun Phrase in Middle English translations – Evidence for the influence of French? (Julia Schultz)

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Julia Schultz

University of Heidelberg

The structure of the Noun Phrase in Middle English translations ‒ Evidence for the influence of French?

Abstract: The present study sets out to shed light on the French impact on English syntax in mediaeval times. It has been suggested that, up to and around Chaucer’s time, Anglo-French represented an important linguistic medium for bilingual speakers in England (Ingham 2012). It has also been suggested that in essential syntactic respects, the linguistic system of Anglo-French seems to have corresponded to the grammar of continental French (Ingham 2012).

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