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Middle-English Word of the Day - April 2, 2008

Stevene (n.) - voice, command, note, time of performing any action (also as "steuene").

ffor syn that tyme full well I wote,
The stevyn of angell voce it smote,
And rang now in myn ere;
A selcouth thyng is me betyde.

- Anonymous: The Towneley plays (1460)

Pronunciation: /stEvEn/

Key
/s/ s in hiss
/t/ t in tie
/E/ e in met
/v/ v in very
/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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