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English in the Middle Ages$
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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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Language, Dialect, Nation

Language, Dialect, Nation

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(p.71) 3 Language, Dialect, Nation
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English in the Middle Ages
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Tim William Machan (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282128.003.0003

This chapter explores the ways in which linguistic beliefs convey meaning. It considers both the role of English within the linguistic repertoire of the period (its relations to Latin and French in particular) and the relative status among varieties of English.

Keywords:   Middle English, linguistic beliefs, late medieval England, social meanings, linguistic history

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