Early textual resources

Lowe, K. (2017) Early textual resources. In: Brinton, L. J. and Bergs, A. (eds.) The History of English: Volume 2 Old English. Series: Mouton reader, 2. De Gruyter Mouton: Berlin, pp. 254-270. ISBN 9783110522730 (doi: 10.1515/9783110525304-014)

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This introduction to the resources available for the history of English focuses on the nature of the evidence and the difficulties associated with individual text types. The chapter focuses on the Old and Middle English periods which perhaps pose the greatest challenge to those who are not specialists in these areas. An overview of the resources available for the early periods highlights general problems in terms of uneven diatopic and diachronic coverage, the uncertainties of dating and localization, together with broader issues relating to manuscript production and scribal practice. Topics surveyed include (for the Anglo-Saxon period) runic and non-runic inscriptions, place- and personal names, glosses and glossaries, charters, and literary texts. Sections include a discussion of each text type with relevant bibliography, together with consideration of the principles underpinning their study. Texts surviving from the early Middle English period are similarly assessed in terms of their value for the historical study of English, as are selected resources for later Middle English. There is emphasis throughout on methodology and the importance of primary research.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lowe, Dr Kathryn
Authors: Lowe, K.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PF West Germanic
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z004 Books. Writing. Paleography
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Publisher:De Gruyter Mouton

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