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Approaches to Middle English

Variation, Contact and Change


Edited By Juan Camilo Conde-Silvestre and Javier Calle-Martín

This volume contains a selection of papers presented at the 8 th International Conference of Middle English, held in Spain at the University of Murcia in 2013. The contributions embrace a variety of research topics and approaches, with a particular interest in multilingualism, multidialectalism and language contact in medieval England, together with other more linguistically-oriented approaches on the phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics and pragmatics of Middle English. The volume gives a specialized stance on various aspects of the Middle English language and reveals how the interdisciplinary confluence of different approaches can shed light on manifold evidences of variation, contact and change in the period.
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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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