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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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- Fall '05
- The Canterbury Tales, Modern English