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Middle-English Word of the Day - December 17, 2007

Walten (v.) - to roll, to roll over, overturn, to fall, to well out.

The morayne was so myche that no man couthe telle
Wher to burie in the burwe the bodies that wer ded
Bot wenten with hem to the walle & walten hem ouere
In-to the depe of the diche the ded doun fallen

- Anonymous: The siege of Jerusalem (1390-1400)

Pronunciation: /wAltEn/

Key
/w/ w in we, away
/A/ a in father
/l/ l in lily
/t/ t in tie
/E/ e in met
/n/ n in no

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
"Concise Dictionary of Middle English."
As found on Greg Lindahl's website
http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/concise/concise.html

The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.
http://etext.virginia.edu/collections/languages/english/mideng.browse.html

The approximate pronunciation is determined using Carol Hamill's Middle English Pronunciation Guide
and noted using upon the ASCII-IPA Standard
http://www.island.net/~hamill/medieval/mepronunc.html
http://www.kirshenbaum.net/IPA/


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