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Old/Middle English Translations

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Super Member
Joined: 11.01.2018
Pending moderation

There are many translations on this site that have been wrongly classified as Middle or Old English. I have commented on all of the songs with this problem, but I feel like it would be a bit much to do so with all the translations. Would someone who has authority to change the stated language of a song be willing to check the translations into Middle or Old English and, if they have been wrongly classified, change the language to English?

Member
Joined: 02.04.2017

I completely agree with you. Most English speakers wouldn't even recognize Old English as being English at all. Middle English isn't much better. (Try reading Beowolf or Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales in the original language if you doubt me.)
I am of the opinion that a volunteer group editors/moderators with at least some knowledge of these languages should receive an immediate notification whenever a new transcription or translation is posted in order to review them and change the language classification if necessary. The same should apply to other ancient and medieval languages.

Editor
Joined: 25.09.2015

Hey there, I've gone on and corrected the language of the songs you have commented on. Only mods can make changes to translations though so, have to wait for a mod for these. Thanks for reporting it though; it does look downright laughable when you see one of those rap songs or so tagged under Old/Middle English..

Member
Joined: 02.04.2017

Suddenly, I want to perform a rap version of the tale of the Wife of Bath from The Canterbury Tales.

We're talkin' Old Skool. Well, Middle Skool to be technically precise...

Super Member
Joined: 11.01.2018

Yes, It seems that in the colloquial lexicon, the term "Old English" has come to refer to Shakespearian language (Early Modern English). I study Old English, and when I tell people this, I generally get a response along the lines of "Oh, like Shakespeare?" or "WHEREFORE ART THOU, ROMEO." And THEREFORE I completely agree with you that translations into ancient and medieval languages should be monitored. Wink smile

Super Member
Joined: 11.01.2018

Thank you so much!

Super Member
Joined: 11.01.2018

I'd love to hear that.

Guest

yea I think you should do that Regular smile

Moderator
Joined: 21.06.2013

Hi. Thanks for reporting that. I've re-categorized the translations which were wrongly classified.

Moderator sapiens sapiens
Joined: 05.04.2012

Please let us Mods know about wrong languages being selected via PM or https://lyricstranslate.com/en/node/1428979

Thanks for the help.

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