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Edwin Duncan
A Basic Chaucer Glossary
In two columns, suitable for printing. The 100 most common words are denoted by an asterisk. A two-page version, reformatted in thee columns for compact printing, is also available in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF).

Harvard Chaucer Page
Middle English Glossarial Database
Search the English texts of Chaucer and Gower for all forms of a given word, or for words within a given proximity to one another.

Larry Benson, University of Michigan
A Glossarial Database of Middle English
Benson’s database without the frames interface used at the Harvard Chaucer Pages.

Harvard Chaucer Page
The English Language in the Fourteenth Century
Introductory essay, with links to more advanced discussions, on the status of English and Middle English dialects.

Harvard Chaucer Page
Chaucer’s Pronunciation, Grammar, and Vocabulary
Tutorial with AIFF samples for pronunciation.

The Chaucer MetaPage
The Chaucer MetaPage Audio Files
Selections from the Canterbury TalesTroilus, and shorter works in RealAudio format, as read by professional Chaucerians in Middle English. “The main purpose of these recordings is to help students improve their pronunciation of Chaucer’s Middle English. The emphasis is on accuracy of pronunciation, according to the most current scholarly thinking, though you will notice some individual variation among the readers.” To listen to these files, you will need a RealAudio player, which you can download for free from the website. The advantage of RealAudio over other audio formats is that you don’t need to wait for the whole audio file to download before it starts playing. This feature, and the fact that the individual readers really know their stuff, make this the best place on the web to learn what Chaucer’s verse actually sounded like (as best we can reconstruct it).

BYU, University of Adelaide
The Chaucer Studio Recordings
The best place off the web to learn what Chaucer’s poetry originally sounded like. Audio recordings, in Middle English, of Chaucer’s early poetry and most of the Canterbury Tales (including the General Prologue, but excluding the prose tales, the Physician’s Tale, and the other narrators’ prologues). Also available: recordings of works in Old English, non-Chaucerian Middle English, Old French, and Middle High German.

Michael Hanly
General Prologue (ll. 1-18)
Read by Michael Hanly. A QuickTime movie (2.1M).

Bonnie Duncan
Samples of Middle English
Includes AIFF and WAV samples from the General Prologue (450-499K) and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (265K), as read by Alex Jones of the Chaucer Studio; as well as excerpts from the Tales of the Knight, Summoner, and Nun’s Priest, as produced by Golden Clarion Medieval Recordings. Also includes a link to a MIDI library of fourteenth-century music. (Note that MIDI files are much smaller than actual recordings, and hence download quite rapidly.)

Tom Hanks
General Prologue, ll. 1-18
As read by Tom Hanks of Baylor University: in WAV format (1.4M).

Jane Zatta
General Prologue, ll. 1-44
In the WAV format, split into three files.

Linda Ehrsam Voigts
General Prologue, ll. 1-42
In the RealAudio format (requires player).

Linda Ehrsam Voigts
Troilus and Criseyde, 5.1786-1841
In the RealAudio format (requires player).

Teresa P. Reed
Middle English Pronunciation Guidelines
With samples in WAV format.

Norton Poetry Workshop CD-ROM
Extract from the Pardoner’s Tale
A two-minute extract from the Pardoner’s Tale, read by Alfred David, in RealAudio format.

Please send comments to David Wilson-Okamura at david@virgil.org.