Chancery and the Emergence of Standard Written English in the Fifteenth Century

  title={Chancery and the Emergence of Standard Written English in the Fifteenth Century},
  author={J. H. Fisher},
  pages={870 - 899}
THERE has been some discussion of late among descriptive linguists and socio-linguists as to the nature of "standard" English, the one tending to deny the existence of a standard, because of variations in the spoken language, and the other arguing that the standard language is an elitist shibboleth erected to perpetuate the authority of the dominant culture.' Neither of these positions recognizes the historical fact that in every society there is a formal, official language in which business is… Expand


Woodbine, "The Language of English Law," SPECULUM
  • 1943
3:162. The statute is printed by S. Gibson
  • Statuta Antiqua Universitatis Oxoniensis
  • 1931
Daunt followed up on Morsbach's work in 1931, providing the examples of London English which his work had lacked
  • Unlike Wyld,
  • 1931
The Introduction of English as a Vehicle of Instruction in English Schools
  • Furnivall Miscellany
  • 1901
Household of Chancery
    Orders of the High Court of Chancery, 1:4; Tout
      Prejudice and Promise
        The Household of Chancery," describes the original functions of the households of Chancery
          Undoubtedly this process was under way some time before 1420
          • Tout has pointed out that Chaucer, Gower, Hoccleve, Usk, Richard of Bury, and other fourteenth-century
          ff., discusses the Inns of Chancery as preparatory schools for the Inns of Court