- the English language of the period c1150–c1475. Abbreviation: ME
Origin of Middle English
First recorded in 1830–40
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The explanation of these rules depends upon Middle-English grammar and pronunciation; for which see the Introduction to vol.
Penda's own son, whom he had set over the Middle-English, received baptism and teachers from Lindisfarne.History of the English People, Volume I (of 8)
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- the English language from about 1100 to about 1450: main dialects are Kentish, Southwestern (West Saxon), East Midland (which replaced West Saxon as the chief literary form and developed into Modern English), West Midland, and Northern (from which the Scots of Lowland Scotland and other modern dialects developed)Abbreviation: ME Compare Old English, Modern English
Many of the writings in Middle English that have survived have word forms very different from those in modern English; today's readers of English cannot understand the language of these works without training. Some dialects of Middle English, however, resemble modern English, and a good reader of today can catch the drift of something written in them. Geoffrey Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales in one of these dialects.
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