Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Anglo-Norman Language and Its Contexts

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Anglo-Norman Language and Its Contexts

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The Anglo-Norman Language and its Contexts, ed. Richard Ingham (York York Medieval Press; Woodbridge; Rochester, NY: Boydell and Brewer, 2010). x + 1 86 pp.; 9 illustrations. ISBN 978-1-903 1 5 3-30-7. £50.00. This volume makes a welcome contribution to the current scholarly debate surrounding the question of the development of Anglo-Norman and its role in medieval England. Essays focus particularly on linguistic contact between Anglo-Norman and English, demonstrating the strong and enduring linguistic presence of Anglo-Norman, and the record it offers of the medieval French language. Richard Ingham asks whether Anglo-Norman is a contact variety of French and Anthony Lodge discusses written and spoken standardization. William Rothwell looks at the use of Anglo-Norman in estate management. Jean-Pascal Pouzet considers the issue of regional variation of Anglo-Norman, David Trotter explores the evidence of bridge accounts in relation to code-switching, and Laura Wright investigates variable practice in fifteenth-century matrix language accounts. …

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