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Re: Middle English question

From:Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Thursday, July 29, 1999, 19:09
Nik Taylor wrote:

> Could anyone tell me how my sig was pronounced? The final -e's are > pronounced as /@/, yes?
Okay, I'm no ME expert, but here goes:
> "[H]e axed after eggys: And the goode wyf answerde, that she coude not
[he: aks@d &ft@r EgIz and D@ go:d@ wif answErd@ D&t Se: kUd@ nOt]
> speke no Frenshe ... And then at last a nother sayd that he woulde haue
[spe:k@ no: frEnS@ and DEn &t last @ no:D@r seid D&t he: wUld@ h&v(e)]
> hadde eyren: then the goode wyf sayd that she vnderstood hym wel." --
[h&d@ eir@n DEn D@ go:d@ wif seid D&t Se: Und@rsto:d him wEl] Now, of course all of this is also highly conditioned by dialect. For example, I seem to remember reading about a dialectal variation between [U] in the south and [V] further north. Also, I think some dialects did away with /&/ as a phoneme entirely, so some of my renderings are little more than guesses (like I said, I'm not an expert in the field). =========================================== Tom Wier <artabanos@...> AIM: Deuterotom ICQ: 4315704 <> "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." "Things just ain't the way they used to was." - a man on the subway ===========================================