Copy-Text and Its Variants in Some Recent Chaucer Editions.
MS. T, on which Kane based his edition of the A text, is as close to a copy-text as could be in a non-recension edition, since it is used to supply grammatical and orthographical forms and thus a system for regularization of accidentals. K-D chose W as the “basic manuscript” for the edition of the B text, but here the presumption of authority given to the base manuscript in substantive matters is secondary to its supplying the “closest dialectical and chronological approximation to the poet’s language.”
SB 44 (1991): 164-83, esp. 180-83.
Dane, Joseph A.