06-02-09 Paper 3

06-02-09 Paper 3 - Another word used in Modern English was...

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Fornecker 1 Benjamin Fornecker Prof. Greenidge-Copprue English Composition/Rhetoric 9 February 2006 A Play On Words Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales was originally written in the 14 th century in Middle English. In reading his material today, we can see that it has been translated into Modern English as many words have changed or evolved with time. An example of this change or modernization can be seen in “The Knight’s Tale” (ll. 2236-2237). Chaucer’s initial writing included many words that originated from the French language, such as “matrimony” and “nuptial.” Chaucer’s writing style is obsolete in that many words aren’t used any more because of the vernacular in which they were written. Matrimony has clearly changed from the old French word “matrimoigne” used in Middle English. This word, from the French relating to the joining of two people in marriage, was used by Chaucer as an additional way of mentioning marriage.
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Unformatted text preview: Another word used in Modern English was “nuptial.” This word also derived from the French word relating to a wedding. In Middle English, no punctuation marks were used to show separation or difference between any of the words. There are no uses of commas, periods, or semicolons throughout the entire quote, while in the Modern English translation there are three uses of comma, which properly separate the words. Geoffrey Chaucer is clearly speaking about the act of marriage in these lines. Both Middle English and Modern English prove that, according to Chaucer, the “them” Fornecker 2 that he refers to are married. The differences between the two translations show how words have evolved and some have disappeared altogether. Chaucer’s work originated from many French words, which were turned into Middle English before settling into what we know today as Modern English. Word Count: 272...
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