The French of England:
Multilingualism in Practice, c. 1100-c. 1500

27th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University
Friday, March 30 - Sunday, April 1, 2007
At the Lincoln Center Campus of Fordham University

John Gower, John Barton, and Others: Looking at Late Anglo-French
Brian Merrilees and Heather Pagan, University of Toronto

John Gower excused himself for writing inadequate French; John Barton claimed to be writing "Parisian French", while others, like the author of the Anglo-Norman Prose Brut, simply wrote in the Anglo-French they knew. This paper will look at French texts in the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries and compare their linguistic characteristics, while asking questions about the perception of French in the period.

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