Transforming Early English: the Reinvention of Early English and Older Scots

Smith, J. J. (2020) Transforming Early English: the Reinvention of Early English and Older Scots. Series: Studies in English language. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9781108420389

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This book argues that the functionalist approach known as historical pragmatics offers a powerful explanatory paradigm for the formal changes in presentation that medieval English and Scots texts undergo as they are transmitted in writing over time and space. The argument is supported through numerous case-studies, ranging from Anglo-Saxon texts (including Beowulf), through Middle English religious writing and the poetry of Chaucer, Langland and Gower, to the editorial activities of major Scottish literary figures such as Alan Ramsay, Thomas Ruddiman, and Sir Walter Scott.

Item Type:Books
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Smith, Professor Jeremy
Authors: Smith, J. J.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
3003040Textual evolution: the pragmatics of Anglophone textual transmission in Britain and Ireland, 600-1820 CEJeremy SmithLeverhulme Trust (LEVERHUL)RF-2017-232\1Arts - English Language and Linguistics