Meaning in the History of English

Words and texts in context

| University of Zurich
| University of Zurich
| University of Zurich
| University of Zurich
ISBN 9789027206152 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027270894 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
Uncovering the meaning of individual words or entire texts is a complex process that needs to take into consideration the multiple interactions of linguistic organization including orthography, morphology, syntax and, ultimately, pragmatics. The papers in this volume pay close attention to these interactions and assess both the details of the texts and entire texts within their relevant contexts. All the papers deal with data from the history of English, and they cover a wide range from Old English manuscripts to Early Modern English letters and medical texts to Late Modern English cant vocabulary.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 148]  2013.  vii, 348 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Uncovering layers of meaning in the history of the English language
Andreas H. Jucker, Daniela Landert, Annina Seiler and Nicole Studer-Joho
Part I. Graphemics and phonology
Layers of reading in the Old English Bede: The case of Oxford Corpus Christi College 279B
Christine Wallis
Unlikely-looking Old English verb forms
Eric Gerald Stanley
On the importance of noting uncertainty in etymological research: Some implications of a re-examination of the etymology of road
Philip Durkin
Part II. Lexicology and semantics
“A Wiltshire word, according to Kennett” The contribution of MS Lansd. 1033 to Halliwell’s Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words (1847)
Javier Ruano-García
Enforcing or effacing useful distinctions? Imply vs. infer
Don Chapman
The role of context in the meaning specification of cant and slang words in eighteenth-century English
Roxanne But
Part III. Syntax
Let’s talk about uton
Linda van Bergen
Exploring part-of-speech profiles and authorship attribution in Early Modern medical texts
Jukka Tyrkkö
The positioning of adverbial clauses in the Paston letters
Yoko Iyeiri
Part IV. Genres
Complexity and genre conventions: Text structure and coordination in Early Modern English proclamations
Anu Lehto
Formulaic discourse across Early Modern English medical genres: Investigating shared lexical bundles
Joanna Kopaczyk
“Treasure of pore men”, “countrymans friend” or “gentlewomans companion”? On the use of interpersonal strategies in the titles of Early Modern English medical texts
Marta Sylwanowicz
“I saw ye Child burning in ye fire” Evidentiality in Early Modern English witness depositions
Peter J. Grund
Name index
Subject index
“There is much excellent scholarship, and intriguing directions for English historical linguistics are opened up by papers spanning different linguistic domains, such as parts of speech for author identification, or semantic change and prescriptivism.”
“This volume opens new vistas for various aspects of the historical study of English. It is significant that the textual evidence for most of the articles is derived from historical corpora. Meaning in the History of English offers extremely useful and inspiring reading both to senior scholars and to young researchers at the beginning of their scholarly career.”
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CF/2AB – Linguistics/English
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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