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Listening to Chaucer in Middle English
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Lorraine Devereaux on Apr 25, 2020 07:43 pm*

[image: Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales (Westminster: William ...]How
did our medieval English counterparts really sound? Would we have been able
to understand them?

An app developed by a team at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, with
the help and encouragement of medieval scholar and Monty Python alum Terry
Jones, has made it possible to hear and see the General Prologue of the
Canterbury Tales on your phone, tablet or computer.
The free app is available from iPhone’s app store, Google Play and at
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The app allows you to hear Chaucer’s words as they would have sounded in
his day while the prologue is displayed in both Middle English and modern
English. The app displays one or two lines at a time, advancing as the
narration proceeds. It’s a fascinating way to learn more about Chaucer and
Middle English. You can also see the full prologue in either Middle English
or its modern translation.

You also can just listen to the narration like a podcast, but without the
modern translation to guide you, it can be a bit difficult to understand.
If you want to listen to the Canterbury Tales in modern English, you can
find downloadable audiobooks and audiobook CDs at most libraries.

If you’re not interested in the text or you don’t want to download another
app, you can see the 2015 performance of the prologue at
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This was one of the last things Terry Jones worked on before he died
earlier this year, and the team dedicated the app to him.

Peter Robinson of the University of Saskatchewan described to Open Culture
how Jones’ behind-the-scenes influence helped drive this project. “‘His
work and his passion for Chaucer was an inspiration for us. We talked a lot
about Chaucer and it was his idea that the Tales would be turned into a
performance.'”

The Open Culture website noted that “The strangeness of Middle English to
our eyes and ears can make approaching the Canterbury Tales for the first
time a daunting experience. The Chaucer app is an excellent research tool
for scholars, yet the researchers want ‘the public, not just academics to
see the manuscript as Chaucer would have likely thought of it,’ says
Robinson, ‘as a performance that mixed drama and humor.’ In other words,
reading Chaucer should be fun.

“Why else would Terry Jones—a man who knew his comedy as well as his
medieval history—spend decades reading and writing about him?”*

*”Terry Jones, the Late Monty Python Actor, Helped Turn Chaucer’s
Canterbury Tales Into a Free App: Explore It Online,” Open Culture,
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