Variation, Contact and Change
The competition between purveyen and providen in late Middle English: Rafał Molencki
Rafał MolenckiUniversity of Silesia at Katowice
The competition between purveyen and providen in Late Middle English
In this article we try to find out why the verb provide replaced its earlier doublet form purvey in Late Middle/Early Modern English in most of its uses. We believe that apart from the fifteenth century re-Latinization of Romance vocabulary (including Middle English), certain phonetic processes as well as the scribal practices of the late Middle Ages may have been responsible for the quick career of the verb provide(n) at the expense of purvey(en). The earlier appearance of the nouns providence, provision may have contributed to the increasing use of the verb provide(n), too. The illustrating language material comes from the Middle English Compendium (MEC) and the Anglo-Norman Hub and Dictionary (AND), both available online.
2.The verb provide: etymology and senses
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