Variation, Contact and Change
On medieval wills and the rise of written monolingual English: Laura Wright
Laura WrightUniversity of Cambridge
On medieval wills and the rise of written monolingual English
This chapter considers the relative uses of written Medieval Latin, Anglo-Norman French, Middle English, and the mixed-language business system, taking wills composed from the latter end of the fourteenth century to the latter end of the fifteenth century as an exemplary text-type. Medieval wills were routinely composed in all four linguistic systems, and this chapter ponders the varying ratios from the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries.
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