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  2. The Canterbury Tales in Translation
  3. General Historical & Cultural Backgrounds
  4. Sources, Analogues, & Related Texts
  5. Online Notes & Commentary
  6. Online Articles & Books
  7. Student Projects & Essays
  8. Online Bibliography
  9. Syllabi & Course Descriptions
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  11. Audio Files & Language Helps
  12. Potpourri
  13. Additional Resources
  14. Scholar's Dozen

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Fragment I / Group A

The General Prologue
The Knight's Tale
The Miller's Prologue & Tale
The Reeve's Prologue & Tale
The Cook's Prologue & Tale

Fragment II / Group B1
The Man of Law's Introduction, Prologue, Tale, & Epilogue

Fragment III / Group D
The Wife of Bath's Prologue & Tale
The Friar's Prologue & Tale
The Summoner's Prologue & Tale

Fragment IV / Group E
The Clerk's Prologue & Tale
The Merchant's Prologue, Tale, & Epilogue
Fragment V / Group F
The Squire's Introduction & Tale
The Franklin's Prologue & Tale

Fragment VI / Group C
The Physician's Tale
The Pardoner's Introduction, Prologue, & Tale

Fragment VII / Group B2
The Shipman's Tale
The Prioress's Prologue & Tale
The Prologue & Tale of Sir Thopas
The Tale of Melibee
The Monk's Prologue & Tale
The Nun's Priest's Prologue,
Tale, & Epilogue

Fragment VIII / Group G
The Second Nun's Prologue & Tale
The Canon's Yeoman's Prologue & Tale

Fragment IX / Group H 
The Manciple's Prologue & Tale

Fragment X / Group I
The Parson's Prologue & Tale
The Retraction

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11.  Audio Files & Language Helps

This heading contains the following sections:

  • General Audio Resources
  • Audio Files from the General Prologue
  • Audio Files from the Canterbury Tales
  • Audio Files from the Dream Visions and Shorter Poems
  • Language Helps

General Audio Resources

From the unparalleled Geoffrey Chaucer Page at Harvard: Teach Yourself to Read Chaucer's Middle English, which includes the following lessons:

See Music of the Fourteenth Century (Alan Baragona & Peter Schwob, VMI) for .midi samples of common medieval musical forms.  Their page will also then refer you to Gary Rich's sublime Ars Subtilior. Music of the late Medieval period.

"The Crying and the Soun": The Chaucer Metapage Audio Files, compiled by Alan Baragona (VMI), offers a number of different web linked audio files of Chaucerian readings from the Canterbury Tales and other texts in Middle English. Requires RealPlayer 7, a free browser plug in. To date, Prof. Baragona has archived:

From the General Prologue:

From the Canterbury Tales:

From the Dream Visions and Shorter Poems:

The Chaucer Studio (Paul Thomas, Brigham Young U) offers a variety of reasonably priced cassette tapes of medieval texts in the original dialects, including most of the Canterbury Tales.  A great teaching tool; great for polishing your own pronunciation; and great for hearing the music of the Middle English. Find sample audio files of the Canterbury Tales.

Language Helps

Edwin Duncan (Towson State) has put together a handy list of the most used Middle English words in his Basic Chaucer Glossary.

The oft-noted but never fully explained phenomenon known as "The Great Vowel Shift" is described at the Harvard Chaucer Page.  Essential for understanding Chaucerian pronunciation.

Chaucer's Pronunciation, Grammar, and Vocabulary (Harvard Chaucer Page) is a fifteen part tutorial--thirteen on pronunciation and two on grammar and vocabulary. Highly recommended for students beginning their study of Middle English.

Middle English Pronunciation Guidelines (Teresa Reed, Jacksonville State U) provides an introductory overview of pronunciation rules.  Includes sound files illustrating correct pronunciation.

Glossarial DataBase of Middle English (Larry D. Benson, Harvard Chaucer Page) is a searchable index of Middle English grammatical forms in context.   See also the Middle English Glossarial Database at Harvard.  Recommended for advanced users.

Melinda J. Menzer (Furman U) has put together a whiz-bang multimedia demonstration and explanation of the Great Vowel Shift. Requires Quicktime.

An excellent introductory hyperlinked essay on The English Language in the Fourteenth Century (Harvard Chaucer Page).

The English Language in the Fourteenth Century (Harvard Chaucer Page) is a fine essay on the varieties of English spoken and written during Chaucer's era.

The Introduction to Michael Murphy's modernized  Reader-Friendly Edition of the General Prologue and Sixteen Tales provides a brief overview of Chaucer's career and an easy to follow elaboration of the nuances of Middle English poetics and pronunciation. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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