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THE MIDDLE ENGLISH POEM "THE FOUR FOES OF MANKIND": Some Notes on the Language and the Text

Angus McIntosh
Neuphilologische Mitteilungen
Vol. 79, No. 2 (1978), pp. 137-144
Published by: Modern Language Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43343186
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THE MIDDLE ENGLISH POEM "THE FOUR FOES OF MANKIND": Some Notes on the Language and the Text
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Abstract

The northern origin of The Four Foes of Mankind' is not in dispute but its vocabulary has not been adequately examined from a word-geographical point of view. This paper considers some fifty words in this way and discusses the phenomenon of a northern text being preserved by its south-eastern scribe with for the most part only minor modifications of any kind. Some textual problems are considered which seem to stem from occasional misunderstandings associated with the process of scribal transmission; there are also a few notes on some more recent misunderstandings on the part of editors and commentators.

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