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Middle English

He was not sure if he was hearing and understanding Middle English or if the sentence had been in simple Standard.
Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  English from about 1100 to 1450
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Strongly Associated with:   Old English
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Middle English is the name given by historical linguistics to the diverse forms of the English language spoken between the Norman invasion of 1066 and the mid-to-late 15th century, when the Chancery Standard, a form of London-based English, began to become widespread, a process aided by the introduction of the printing press into England by William Caxton in the 1470s, and slightly later by Richard Pynson.  (retrieved 9/25/08)
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  • He was not sure if he was hearing and understanding Middle English or if the sentence had been in simple Standard.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Changes in the sound of the letter have been going on in English ever since the Middle English period,[44] and according to Lounsbury[45] they have moved toward the disappearance of the Continental /a/, "the fundamental vowel-tone of the human voice."
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The most obvious is that leading to the transfer of verbs from the so-called strong conjugation to the weak—a change already in operation before the Norman Conquest, and very marked during the Middle English period.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • But /slit/, which is now invariable in English (though it was strong in Old English and had both strong and weak preterites in Middle English), has become regular in American, as in "she /slitted/ her skirt."
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language

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  • In early Middle English this /-lice/ changes to /-like/, and later on to /-li/ and /-ly/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • As for the Middle English "he /never/ nadde /nothing/," it has too modern and familiar a ring to need translating at all.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • In Middle English it was as in /boy/, but during the early Modern English period it was assimilated with that of the /i/ in /wine/, and this usage prevailed at the time of the settlement of America.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The primitive Indo-European language, it is probable, had eight cases of the noun; the oldest known Teutonic dialect reduced them to six; in Anglo-Saxon they fell to four, with a weak and moribund instrumental hanging in the air; in Middle English the dative and accusative began to decay; in Modern English they have disappeared altogether, save as ghosts to haunt grammarians.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Middle English [9] , Old English [4]
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