Old English Legal Language

The lexical field of theft

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This corpus-based study examines the lexical field of theft in the Anglo-Saxon law-codes and documents containing reports of lawsuits (charters, writs, and some chapters of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle). The individual Old English lexemes are analysed not only in terms of their meaning, collocation patterns, and Latin translations, but also, more unusually in a field-approach, with reference to their distribution over the various textual genres and the discourse strategies dominant in these. Although primarily linguistic in focus, a detailed description of the theft-offences and the wider context in which they occur should also be of interest to the historian.
[NOWELE Supplement Series, 15]  1996.  197 pp.
Publishing status: Available | Original publisher: Odense University Press
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
5
Typographical Conventions
7
Abbreviations
8–10
The Manuscripts
11–13
Introduction
15
The Legal Corpus and Questions of Method
17–40
The Lexical Field of Theft: Lexemes and Distribution
41–53
Style, Text Strategy, Syntax, and Theft-lexemes
54–86
Collocation Patterns of Theft-lexemes
87–132
The Latin Translation Evidence of the Law-codes
133–145
Summary and Agenda
146–158
Appendix A
161–164
Appendix B
165–168
Appendix C
169–175
Appendix D
176–177
Appendix E
178–179
Glossary
180–184
Bibliography
185–196
Quotation Index (Primary Sources)
197
Subjects
BIC Subject: CF/2AB – Linguistics/English
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General