nate (1120-40)

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nate (1120-40)

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[ FEW: 6/ii,510 matta; Gdf: ; GdfC: 10,192a nate; TL: 6,510 nate 2; DEAF: ; DMF:  natte; TLF:  natte; OED:  mat n.1 / nat n.1; MED:  matte n. / natte n.; DMLBS: 12,9b natte ]

With two comepeting Latin etymons, the Romance languages (except for Italian) have preferred forms deriving from natta, while the Germanic languages have preferred forms deriving from matta. English, showing the influence of Anglo-Norman on its lexicon, attests both mat and nat, though with a restricted semantic field for the latter. Anglo-Norman, in contrast to continental French, has both an m- and n- form (see matte), though the m- forms are attested only in very late (and likely English influenced) texts.


( MS: 1120-40 )  Soz le degret ou il gist sur sa nate  246
( s.xiiiin; MS: s.xiii2/4 )  Tant ad de ces ki culchié sunt E ki plus d'une nate n'unt, Dunt la meité desuz eus gist  2418
( 1213; MS: 1213 )  Donc commanda Benoit getter Sor une nate ou selt orer L'enfant e toz issir les fist  45rb
( MS: s.xiiim )  ceil autre moine esteit de bon dras vestu; E une nate de junc aveit ausi, ce vit; E une pel qui fu estendu sur sun lit  3395
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