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Subject: Ormulum's English
Question: I have a big interest in historical languages. One of them in particular is Middle English. I have studied the pronunciation of Chaucer's Middle English, which was a later version of the London dialect of Middle English. One day, I was reading about Middle English, and I came across the subject Ormulum. After some research, I found that the poem was composed in a very early version of the East Midlands dialect of Middle English. I also read that the unique orthography and alliterative nature of the poem preserved much of the pronunciation found in the language in that dialect at that time, which has allowed linguists to reconstruct the pronunciation of the dialect at that time. Now, I have two questions: How did linguists reconstruct the pronunciation of Ormulum's version of the language? and What was the pronunciation of Ormulum's version of the lanuguage? (It would be greatly appreciated if links were provided, along with a chart for the pronunciation. It would be great if I could also get a crash course in sound reconstruction.)
From: Harvey Wang
Date: 23-Nov-2012
Replies:
  1. Re: Ormulum's English    Nancy J. Frishberg     (26-Nov-2012)
  2. Re: Ormulum's English    Susan D Fischer     (24-Nov-2012)
  3. Re: Ormulum's English    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (02-Dec-2012)
  4. Re: Ormulum's English    Herbert Frederic Stahlke     (24-Nov-2012)

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