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THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
DESCRIPTION OF THE TEXTS TEXTS I Captain Thomas Stukeley 15961605
Sir John Oldcastle 15991600
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appears bilingual called Captain common consonant construction dear dialects doubt Dublin earlier early effect England Enter evidence expected fact final Fingallian front Gaelic give hand Hiberno-English indicate influence initial instances Ireland Irish Irishman John kind King known language later Letter look Lord loss Manx meaning Middle never non-standard normal oaths occurs origin palatal Patrick perhaps period phrase pieces play possible present printed probably pronunciation recorded reference reflect remained replaced represent scene seems shelf short similar sound speak speakers speech spelling Standard English stress suggest taken Teague tell texts Thomas thou unvoicing usage verb viii voicing vowel words writing written xvii xviii xxiv xxvii