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Early English Alliterative Poems

in the West-Midland Dialect of the Fourteenth Century

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Author: Richard Morris
Published: 1864
Language: English
Wordcount: 108,940 / 360 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 708
Added to site: 2009.10.19
mnybks.net#: 25581
Genre: Poetry
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ominance of words containing the A.S. long _a_; as _hame_ (home), _stane_ (stone), _thra_ (bold), _walde_ (would), etc.; the frequent use of _thir_ (these), _tha_ (the, those), etc.]

[Footnote 6: The peculiarities referred to do not appear to be owing to the copyist of the Lincoln manuscript (Robert de Thornton, a native of Oswaldkirk in Yorkshire), who, being a Northumbrian, would probably have restored the original readings. The non-Northumbrian forms in the Morte Arthure are-- 1. The change of _a_ into _o_, as _bolde_ for _balde_, _bote_ for _bate_, _one_ for _ane_, _honde_ for _hande_, _londe_ for _lande_; 2. _they_, _theyre_, _them_, _theym_, for _thay_, _thaire_, _tham_; 3. _gayliche_, _kindliche_, _semlyche_, etc., for _gayly_, _kindly_, _seemly_, etc. (the termination _lich_, _liche_, was wholly unknown to the Northumbrian dialect, being represented by _ly_ or _like_); 4. _churle_, _churche_, _iche_, _mache_, _myche_, _syche_, _wyrche_, etc., for _carle_, _kirke_, _ilk_, _ma

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