Methodising Scots: the cases of Allan Ramsay and Thomas Ruddiman

Smith, J. (2020) Methodising Scots: the cases of Allan Ramsay and Thomas Ruddiman. Studies in Scottish Literature, 46(2), pp. 127-147.

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Abstract

Examines the linguistic issues facing editors of two 18th century Scottish editors, Allan Ramsay and Thomas Ruddiman, in modifying or standardizing the language in earlier Scottish poetic manuscripts, arguing that "the editorial process is not—and never has been—“neutral” or “objective” but is rather a hermeneutic act constrained by contemporary conditions of publication and intended audience," and that Ramsay and Ruddiman, like modern editors, were "constrained in quite delicate ways by their historical setting."

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Scots language, eighteenth century, manuscript, print.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Smith, Professor Jeremy
Authors: Smith, J.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Journal Name:Studies in Scottish Literature
Journal Abbr.:SSL
Publisher:University of South Carolina
ISSN:0039-3770
ISSN (Online):2690-375X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Studies in Scottish Literature
First Published:First published in Studies in Scottish Literature 46(2):127-147
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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