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Tim William Machan

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199282128

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282128.001.0001

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The Ecology of Middle English

The Ecology of Middle English

(p.1) 1 The Ecology of Middle English
English in the Middle Ages

Tim William Machan (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a brief description of the main theme of the book — linguistic beliefs and the status of language, specifically the status of English in the late-medieval period among those who used or encountered it. It then discusses the methodology used in the book. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords:   linguistic history, linguistic beliefs, Old English, medieval period, sociolinguistics

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