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In English philology, AB language refers to the early Middle English dialect of Ancrene Wisse and the Katherine Group (13th century). The term refers to the "A" and "B" manuscripts of the text, Bodley 34 and Corpus Christi 402

The term was coined by J.R.R. Tolkien who noted that the dialect of both manuscripts is highly standardized, pointing to "a 'standard' language based on one in use in the West Midlands in the 13th century."

References

  • J. R. R. Tolkien, N. R. Ker, The English Text of the Ancrene Riwle (Ancrene Wisse, Corpus Christi College Cambridge MS 402), Oxford U. P. ISBN 0-19-722249-8
  • J. R. R. Tolkien, Ancrene Wisse and Hali Meiðhad 1929
  • Jennifer Potts, Lorna Stevenson & Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Concordance to "Ancrene Wisse": MS Corpus Christi College Cambridge 402; edited by Jennifer Potts, Lorna Stevenson, and Jocelyn Wogan-Browne. Cambridge: Brewer, 1993

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In English philology, AB language refers to the early Middle English dialect of Ancrene Wisse and the Katherine Group (13th century). The 'A' and 'B' refer to extracts in Hall's Selections from Early Middle English, 1130-1250[1] where 'A' is from the Katherine Group texts in MS Bodley 34 and 'B' is from Ancrene Wisse in MS Corpus Christi 402.

The term was coined in 1929 by J.R.R. Tolkien who noted that the dialect of both manuscripts is highly standardized, pointing to "a 'standard' language based on one in use in the West Midlands in the 13th century."[2]

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References

  • Hall, Joseph, ed. (1920), [Expression error: Unexpected < operator Selections from Early Middle English, 1130-1250. 2 vols.], Oxford: Clarendon Press .
  • Tolkien, J.R.R., ed. (1962), [Expression error: Unexpected < operator The English Text of the Ancrene Riwle: Ancrene Wisse: Edited from MS. Corpus Christi College, Cambridge 402], Intro. by Kerr, N.R., Oxford University Press for the Early English Text Society . (Reprinted in 2000 ISBN 0197222498).
  • Tolkien, J.R.R. (1929), [Expression error: Unexpected < operator "Ancrene Wisse and Hali Meiðhad"], Essays and Studies by Members of the English Association 14: 104-126 .
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