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The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer
by Geoffrey Chaucer
Binding: Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: BiblioLife
Weight: 0.71 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 7.99 x W: 0.5 inches
ISBN 10: 0559583656
ISBN 13: 9780559583650
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: APPENDIX A, Chaucer's Pbonfnciation. HE pronunciation of English during the fourteenth century differed materially from that now in use. The whole subject has been recently investigated in an elaborate treatise on ' Early English Pronunciation,' by Alexander J. Ellis, F. R. S., who has furnished the following abstract of the conclusions at which he has arrived respecting the pronunciation probably in use among the highly educated southern speakers for whom Chaucer wrote, together with directions for modern readers who wish to imitate it. A long=aA, as in father, alms, ore; the usual continental sound of long a. The present pronunciation of a, as ai in wait, was not established till the beginning of the eighteenth century. A short=aA, the short sound of ah, not now used in received English, but still common in the provinces; the usual continental smmd of short a. The present very different pronunciation, as a in cat, was not established till the seventeenth century ; those, however, to whom ah is difficult may use this a in cat. AA, the same as A long. A.I = ah'ee, a diphthong consisting of ah pronounced briefly but with a stress, and gliding on to ee in one syllable; sometimes used now in aye, and in the second syllable of Isaiah, as distinct from the first; the German sound of ai, nearly the Italian ahi! and the French at. The modern sound ai, as in wait, was not established till the seventeenth century. See EY. A.U = ah'oo, a dipthong consisting of ah pronounced briefly but with a stress, and gliding on to oo in one syllable ; not used in modern English; the German au, nearly the Italian au in Laura, the French aou. The modern sound of au, as in Paul, was not established till the seventeenth century. AW, the same as ATT. AY, the same as AI. B, ...

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