|Title||Lesclarcissement de la langue Francoyse: 681/2.|
|Author||John Palsgrave (c. 1485 – 1554)|
|Quote||I recorde as yonnge byrdes do: Je patelle.|
This byrde recordeth all redy, she wyll synge within a whyle:
C'est oyeslet patelle desja, elle chantera avant quil soyt longemps.
Recorder a pype fleute a. ix neufte trous.
|Notes||This book — written in English despite its French title — is said to be the first grammar of the French language. Its purpose was to help Englishmen who wanted to learn French.|
The term fleute a neufte trous indirectly furnishes the earliest corroboration of the meaning of 'recorder' in English.
Palsgrave was a priest of Henry VIII of England's court. He is known as a tutor in the royal household, and as a textbook author.
|References||Lasocki (2012: 3)|
Welch (1911/1961: 22, 40)