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The Basis of Standard English

 
 
  • The basis of Standard English had emerged by 1500
 
  • However, the clear-cut distinction between 'correct' and 'incorrect' did not exist in late Middle English
 
  • There was much greater flexibility over the range of forms which educated people were able to use
 
  • A great deal of variation, a legacy of earlier Middle English, was still in evidence
 
  • A standard language presupposes a certain amount of stability. This was still lacking in the late Middle English
 
  • The language was still experiencing the consequences of the period of radical grammatical change which had begun at the end of the Old English period
 
  • In the fifteenth century it was undergoing a major shift in pronunciation norms (the Great Vowel Shift)
 
  • Its lexicon was continuing to grow rapidly through the introduction of large numbers of loanwords
 

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EMERGING STANDARD

  Middle English Dialects

  A Wide Range of Variant Forms

  "Organic" Rise of Standard

  Chief Standardizing Forces

  The Role of Chancery Standard

  The Rise of the East Midlands Dialect

  The Basis of Standard English

MIDDLE ENGLISH

  Middle English Subperiods

  French vs. English

  Geoffrey Chaucer

  Emerging Standard

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