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A Specimen of Chaucer's Language: With Explanatory Notes (1861)
Sin vista previa disponible - 2008
according adjective adverb afterwards Anglo-Saxon appears applied aspirate becomes called Canterbury cause characters Chaucer common compare note consequently considered consonant contracted denotes derived dialects dissyllable dropped Dutch Examples French frequently further Germ gives Goth Gothic Greek Grimm hence Icel idea idioms instance interchange Italian kind Knightes language Latin latter learning light Love manner mark meaning mentioned middle modern German nature observed obsolete occurs old English old High German origin participle particle past person poet poetry Port prefix preposition present preterite probably pronounced properly referable remains root Sanscr Sanscrit Sanscrit root says seems sense short sometimes sound speaking substantive supposes Swed Swedish syllable taken Tale tense tenuis terminal ther thing UNIVERSITY verb verse vowel Welsh word writings written
Página 10 - He must have been a man of a most wonderful comprehensive nature, because, as it has been truly observed of him, he has taken into the compass of his Canterbury Tales the various manners and humors (as we now call them) of the whole English nation in his age.
Página 52 - Of his offring, and eke of his substance. He coude in litel thing have suffisance. Wide was his parish, and houses fer asonder, But he ne left nought for no rain ne thonder, In sikenesse and in mischief to visite The ferrest in his parish, moche and lite, Upon his fete, and in his hand a staf.
Página 10 - Even the grave and serious characters are distinguished by their several sorts of gravity; their discourses are such as belong to their age, their calling, and their breeding; such as are becoming of them, and of them only. Some of his persons are vicious, and some virtuous; some are unlearned, or (as Chaucer calls them) lewd, and some are learned. Even the ribaldry of the low characters is different: the Reeve, the Miller, and the Cook are several men, and distinguished from each other as much as...
Página 10 - But enough of this: there is such a variety of game springing up before me, that I am distracted in my choice, and know not which to follow. 'Tis sufficient to say, according to the proverb, that here is God's plenty...
Página 10 - The Matter and Manner of their Tales, and of their Telling, are so suited to their different Educations, Humours, and Callings, that each of them would be improper in any other Mouth.