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The Anglo-Norman Language and its Contexts


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The question of the development of Anglo-Norman [the variety of medieval French used in the British Isles], and the role it played in the life of the medieval English kingdom, is currently a major topic of scholarly debate. The essays in this volume examine it from a variety of different perspectives and contexts, though with a concentration on the theme of linguistic contact between Anglo-Norman and English, seeking to situate it more precisely in space and time than has hitherto been the case. Overall they show how Anglo-Norman retained a strong presence in the linguistic life of England until a strikingly late date, and how it constitutes a rich and highly valuable record of the French language in the middle ages.

Contributors: Richard Ingham, Anthony Lodge, William Rothwell, David Trotter, Mark Chambers, Louise Sylvester, Anne Curry, Adrian Bell, Adam Chapman, Andy King, David Simpkin, Paul Brand, Jean-Pascal Pouzet, Laura Wright, Eric Haeberli.


[A] significant intervention in current debates surrounding Anglo-Norman's status and development, demonstrating the continuing vitality of French in England into the later Middle Ages. YEARS WORK IN ENGLISH STUDIES

The volume benefits from good overall presentation and a general index, and with the high standard of scholarship and the stimulating and varied topics addressed certainly merits the attention of those interested in Anglo-Norman and medieval English language and culture. JOURNAL OF FRENCH LANGUAGE STUDIES

Makes a welcome contribution to the current scholarly debate surrounding the question of the development of Anglo-Norman and its role in medieval England. MEDIUM AEVUM

The essays in this excellent volume apply a new conceptual framework to the study of language(s) in medieval England, and the work that has emerged shows that the new approach has opened up fruitful and exciting lines of inquiry. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW


First Published: 18 Mar 2010
13 Digit ISBN: 9781903153307
10 line drawing illustrations
Pages: 196
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: York Medieval Press

Details updated on 05 Oct 2015


  • 1  Introduction. Anglo-Norman: New Themes, New Contexts
  • 2  Later Anglo-Norman as a Contact Variety of French
  • 3  The Sources of Standardisation in French - Written or Spoken?
  • 4  'Husbonderie' and 'Manaungerie' in Later Medieval England: A Tale of Two Walters
  • 5  Bridging the Gap: The [Socio]Linguistic Evidence of Some Medieval English Bridge Accounts
  • 6  From apareil to warderobe: Some Observations on Anglo-French in The Middle English Lexis of Cloth and Clothing
  • 7  Languages in the Military Profession in Later Medieval England
  • 8  The Language of the English Legal Profession: The Emergence of a Distinctive Legal Lexicon in Insular French
  • 9  Mapping Insular French Texts? Ideas for Localisation and Correlated Dialectology in Manuscript Materials of Medieval England
  • 10  A Pilot Study on the Singular Definite Articles le and la in Fifteenth-Century London Mixed-Language Business Writing
  • 11  Investigating Anglo-Norman Influence on Late Middle English Syntax
  • 12  The Transmission of Later Anglo-Norman: Some Syntactic Evidence