Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

sign up for Boomerang Books BulletinGet Latest Book News + FREE Shipping. Subscribe to the Boomerang Books Bulletin eNewsletter right now!

Description - English in the Middle Ages by Tim William Machan

This is an enquiry into the use and status of English in medieval England. It is concerned with English relative to French and Latin and with its regional and social varieties in relation to each other. It considers how people then viewed language and how their notion of the significance of English influenced the way they used it. Professor Machan argues that some linguistic, literary, and historical interpretations of medieval statements on language have taken insufficient consideration of the circumstances and discursive practices which produced them. He suggests that modern linguistic attitudes and expectations can obscure specifically medieval qualities of the status of English and the uses to which it was put. In the process he brings to bear a wide range of documentary evidence, notably the royal letters issued in 1258 prior to the Baron's War and medieval diglossia. In his discussion of regional variation, he considers chronicles, poems, and commentaries including the language spoken by Chaucer's pilgrims; conversations in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; and post-medieval transformations of the status of English in law, literature, and education. The book will interest scholars from a range of disciplines - particularly linguistics, literature, and history - and is written in clear, non-technical language.

Buy English in the Middle Ages by Tim William Machan from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780199262687
ISBN-10: 0199262683
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 21mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 5-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - English in the Middle Ages by Tim William Machan

Book Reviews - English in the Middle Ages by Tim William Machan

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about English in the Middle Ages book by Tim William Machan and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review

Author Biography - Tim William Machan

T. W. Machan is Professor and Chair of English at Marquette University, where he teaches linguistics and medieval language and literature. He has published extensively on Middle English and Old Norse and edited texts in both languages. His books include Textual Criticism and Middle English Texts (University Press of Virginia, 1994) and English in its Social Contexts (edited with C. T. Scott, OUP, 1992).

Books By Tim William Machan

Imagining Medieval English by Tim William Machan
Hardback, January 2016
$107.06 $118.95
Language Anxiety by Tim William Machan
Hardback, January 2009
$73.76 $81.95
What is English? by Tim William Machan
Hardback, August 2013
$44.96 $49.95
English in Its Social Contexts by Tim William Machan
Paperback, July 1992
$75.56 $83.95