“The Pronoun it and the Dating of Middle English Texts”

Bibliographical details

Iyeiri, Yoko. 2013. “The Pronoun it and the Dating of Middle English Texts”, in Phases of the History of English: Selection of Papers Read at SHELL 2012, ed. Michio Hosaka, Michiko Ogura, Hironori Suzuki & Akinobu Tani, pp. 339-50. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. 

This paper, based upon my presentation at SHELL 2012 at Keio University, Tokyo, discusses the spelling variation between hit and it in Late Middle English texts. It pays particular attention to the spelling forms in MS Pepys 2125, Cambridge, though other Middle English texts are also considered in comparative terms.