Discuss the ways in which borrowing changed from Old English to Middle English. Give a detailed account of the languages from which English adopted loanwords, the reasons for borrowing, and the semantic fields

Discuss the ways in which borrowing changed from Old English to Middle English. Give a detailed account of the languages from which English adopted loanwords, the reasons for borrowing, and the semantic fields in which words entered the English language at different points in time. Make sure you include example words from the following excerpt from Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Pardoner’s Tale” (lines 674-682) in your discussion.

But right anon the worthy knyghtbigan,
Whan that he saugh that al the peple lough,
“Namoore of this, for it is right ynough.
Sir Pardoner, be glad and myrie of cheere;
And ye, sir Hoost, that been to me so deere,
I prey yow, that ye kisse the pardoner;
And Pardoner, I prey thee, drawe thee neer,
And, as we didenlatuslaughe and pley.“
Anon they kiste, and ryden forth hirweye.

Referencing
Author-Date format as in the Chicago Manual of Style (rather than Notes and Bibliography).
Main Prescribed texts
Mugglestone, Lynda (ed.). 2012. The Oxford History of English. (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Singh, Ishtla. 2005. The History of English. A student’s guide. London: Hodder Arnold.
And any others


 

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