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Lesclarcissement de la langue Francoyse
John Palsgrave (c. 1485 – 1554)
I recorde as yonnge byrdes do:
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.
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.
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.
Lasocki (2012: 3)
Welch (1911/1961: 22, 40)
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