Pronouns of Address in the "Canterbury Tales."

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Mediaeval Studies 21 (1959): 193-201.

Pronouns of Address in the "Canterbury Tales."

Tabulates and assesses the uses of singular "ye" and "thou" in CT, considering usage norms, rhyme patterns, and scribal variants, and identifying patterns of high incidence of "incorrect" usage in CYPT, KnT, WBP, and Mel, while ParsT is also highly incorrect even when subjected to a special "homiletic" standard of usage. Suggests that the data may indicate intentional characterization in CYPT and WBP while, in the other cases, it may be attributable to an early date of composition or, perhaps, non-Chaucerian authorship.

Chaucer Subjects
Style and Versification
Language and Word Studies
Manuscripts and Textual Studies
Knight and His Tale
Wife of Bath and Her Tale
Tale of Melibee
Canon's Yeoman and His Tale
Parson and His Tale
Chaucerian Apocrypha