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Translation of Middle Dutch Word List Needed



Date Submitted: 19-Apr-2011
From: Hope Walker
Subject: Translation of Middle Dutch Word List Needed
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Notice: I am a PhD Candidate at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where I am presently writing my dissertation on Netherlandish Painters living in London from 1550-1580.

As part of my research I am working on an unpublished manuscript of nearly 8,000 words written in Middle Dutch, which is a language unfamiliar to me. I am learning, but I would be grateful for the assistance of those with more expertise on the following list of words, which I have been unable to translate in spite of my best efforts. I have done all of the usual searches, including the GTB Dictionary, a 19th century Old Dutch/English dictionary, and extensive online research. In some cases I believe I have a correct translation, but as I am not entirely certain I have placed the proposed English equivalent in brackets.

I would be hugely grateful for the advice/expertise of those more familiar with this language who may be able to help me with this list. I realize that I am asking a great deal, but any help would be appreciated.

Thank you so much.

Best,
Hope Walker

Vertoocht
Anbrocht
Noompt
Kerchke
Auderlinghen
Ghedaen (taken?)
Ghemeinte
mette
saeken
voorghehouden (complained?)
donderdaghe
uproupen
sondaeghe
toecommende
totter
gheweest
ghecommunicert
verstaen (mean?) (understand? comprehend?)
advyse (advised?)
warachtich
verclaerde
verclaerden
gheseyt
opentlick
verclaerst (declared?)
verclaers (declares?)
wesen (being?)
enden (ends?)
navolgenden
nadeelen
maer (but?)
durfven
daarjegens (as against?)
begherde
hetguene
gheleert (learned?)
derhalfven
versocht (asked?)
alleenelick
persisterden (persisted?)
voorgaenden
besluyte
verclarende
vaedere
deser
Nopende (regarding? as to?)
onghereghelt
voorstaen
zondaghe
jeghens (against?)
etlicke
ghegheven (given?)
alsnu
letsten
avontmale
dienaers
Wiert (whose?)
voorgheouden
overlanc (about long?)
deser
scellingen (shillings?)
verteerren
weeten
toonen (show?)
rekenynghe (recommend?)
desen (this or these?)
se (they?)
deser
overlanc (over long?)
ghevraecht
eendrachtelick
bestemt
souffissant (sufficient?)
Datheni (Daniel?)
diversche (diverse?)
daet (act?)
nyet