The coucou song on pg 36
Song that may be monolingual speakers of English who could not write down English.
Don’t know why this was written down. Some educated person interested in writing
down the melody also wrote down music
Medieval musicology ve?
The word to blow used to mean to bloom (lexical discount)
The eth is used
Not a lot of semantic change
From nu to now cu to cow /u/ to /au/
Sed to seed or med to mead ye to ye /e/ to /i/
Great vowel shift
Vowels tend to shift up in terms of phonology
Erosion process (random e’s) finishes in EModE
What aspects of this short, simple passage continue into EmodE
th=third person, singular subject
Ne swik thou never now! =don’t stop you never now
St in emode is second person singluar
Verb suffixes: -th
2 p. pronoun
Subj. Thou ye
Obj. Thee you
Poss. Thy/thine your
OldE debate over dates
EME experts can agree on a dated. She would probably pick 1500.
Should know what dates text is from mode, EME oldE Periodization
More books circulating in this period because of printing press. More people can write,
more evidence survived b/c more texts
Caxton had to pick what form of Eng to use for press. No standard before this. Used
First time people start to think: what should normal spelling/punctuation be?
Borrowed from greek and latin to describe renaissan