ok a bit odd, but can anyone read late medieval english?

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TheArmadillo Mon 12-Mar-07 21:12:31

Am reading through document. Can read most of it but cannot understand what 'stoonis' is or 'schulen'

talking about heathen men worshipping 'stoonis' as a god? adn the phrase 'stoonis schulen crie'?

COuld schulen be children?

Anyone know?

JackieNo Mon 12-Mar-07 21:19:44

Could it be 'stones'? 'stones shall cry'? Are they praying to the stones, or something (don't really know any medieval english, just guessing...)

JackieNo Mon 12-Mar-07 21:21:02

'stoonis' possibly stone statues?

Pruni Mon 12-Mar-07 21:21:40

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Pruni Mon 12-Mar-07 21:22:12

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I would have guessed stones shall cry.

that sounds like a good degree, pruni. I'd have loved to have done some of that. maybe I'll do a course when I'm old.

Pruni Mon 12-Mar-07 21:24:27

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TheArmadillo Mon 12-Mar-07 21:25:30

thanks pruni - that makes sense.

Its part of the prologue of the Wycliffite Bible concerning the translation of the Bible from Latin to English. For seminar on Lollardy (history module looking at late medieval culture, especially literature).

Mercy Mon 12-Mar-07 21:25:46

My mum would be able to help but I guess you've got your answer now.

Pruni, what's philology?

no, none in Linguistics either, but it turns out it lends itself very well to programming. they're funny things, degrees.

Pruni Mon 12-Mar-07 21:27:33

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Pruni Mon 12-Mar-07 21:29:40

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DrunkenSailor Mon 12-Mar-07 21:30:44

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now, you see I am a language geek who doesn't even know which adjectives had es on the end.

but you can ask me anything about phonetics.

Iota Mon 12-Mar-07 21:31:40

I did a bit of Anglo Saxon at Uni - Sweet's Anglo-Saxon Primer anyone?

Pruni Mon 12-Mar-07 21:32:07

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Iota Mon 12-Mar-07 21:32:22

and a bit of Linguistics - forgotten it all now though

Pruni Mon 12-Mar-07 21:34:00

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Mercy Mon 12-Mar-07 21:34:30

ok, thanks Pruni (I think!)

I once read something by Simeon Potter which is probably a highly simplistic/idiots guide to your subject. Was very interesting btw.

hunkerismunkerless Mon 12-Mar-07 21:35:15

<vivid flashback to translating The Franklin's Tale>

blacke rokkes indeed

<tremble>

Waswondering Mon 12-Mar-07 21:35:34

I never got phoenetics. Liked writing in the phonetic alphabet, but boy did I struggle with that side of my degree!!

(English, Aberdeen . . . )

Waswondering Mon 12-Mar-07 21:36:17

Man, can't spell either!!!!!!!

Mercy Mon 12-Mar-07 21:40:39

I don't know why I grinned after I mentioned Simeon.

Am a bit disconcerted that dd is telling me about phonemes (she's nearly 6) - I had to look it up in the dictionary

Pruni Mon 12-Mar-07 21:45:04

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I did linguistics and phonetics in London but never did anything with it. Enjoyed it at the time but never wanted a career in it. But am excited at the idea of programming being easy for linguists, how would one get started Senorapostrophe?

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