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Middle English
« on: February 16, 2013, 12:17:52 AM »
Is there any material out there that can help? I'm going to be reading verse and some prose. You guys seem to be pretty reliable when it comes to language so that's why I'm asking here.

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Re: Middle English
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2013, 12:29:00 AM »
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales?
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Re: Middle English
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2013, 12:51:31 AM »
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Re: Middle English
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2013, 03:10:25 AM »
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales?

Yep. In its original language too.
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Re: Middle English
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2015, 07:28:59 AM »
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales?

Yep. In its original language too.

It's really nothing.  There are plenty of ME online dictionaries to help with the more difficult words.  Or there are side-by-side translations (or, rather, interpretations).  Unless you're asking about pronunciation (it sounds delightful); there are online tutors for that.
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Re: Middle English
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2015, 08:01:49 AM »
If you can find a copy of these books that were originally copyright in 1951 and 1952 you will probably find them very helpful:

Samuel Moore, Historical Outlines of English Sounds and Inflections.
--particularly chapters IV The Language of Chaucer, V The Development of Middle English Sounds, VI The Development of Middle English Inflections, VII Middle English Dialects.

Frenand Mossé, A Handbook of Middle English.
--contains an extensive grammar, a reader of texts grouped by century and quite an extensive Middle-to-Modern English dictionary.