Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Online Resources: Middle English Compendium & METRO

Behold: an English different from out own!
Hi y'all!

Since I am about to begin my exploration into Middle English, I have been doing a bit of research into language learning guides and linguistic aides. One of the resources I found online was this, a complete, and free, resource: the entire, 15,000+ page Middle English dictionary!

Just think-- now you do not need to spend over a thousand dollars on buying super-expensive print copies. Happy day!

Link: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/med/

But, that is just one facet of that resource: the compendium has, in addition to the dictionary, an extensive bibliography and other resources well worth checking out for the aspiring medieval scholar.

Link: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/mec/

Other than that, I moshed on over to Harvard's site where the Middle English Teaching Resources Online (METRO) has a hefty number of resources, including audio recordings of various passages, help with manuscript analysis, and a glossary on the basics of middle English. Explore it for yourself and see what awaits!

Link: http://metro.fas.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k15189&pageid=icb.page72282

Finally, I found "The Chaucer Studio" over on the BYU website, where they sell, fairly cheaply, CDs of Old and Middle English poetry readings (they also have a few products in a few other medieval, dead, languages). Additionally, they sell some interesting DVDs focusing on the religious history of the medieval period. I will eventually buy these texts when I have some dough; until then, have fun browsing!

Link: http://creativeworks.byu.edu/chaucer/Default.aspx