> The simple fact is that, asside from the spelling, Chaucer's
> english is PERFECTLY understandable! (And English spelling
> did not realy get codified until the last century).
And what about the vocabulary? Why does the site I linked to provide an on-line glossary if it's all so perfectly comprehensible?
> It is the bias toward the written form of language inherited
> by student's of English Literature that obscures this fact.
> Read aloud, Caucer sounds not much unlike modern American
> English, and even more like that spoken by the fishermen of
> my Native Newfoundland (will you argue then that I am not a
> first-generation English speaker?).
Chaucer's Pronunciation, Grammar and Vocabulary
Pronouncing Chaucer's English