Testifying to Language and Life in Early Modern England

Including a CD-ROM containing An Electronic Text Edition of Depositions 1560–1760 (ETED)

ORCID logoMerja Kytö | Uppsala University
Peter J. Grund | University of Kansas
Terry Walker | Mid-Sweden University
ISBN 9789027211804 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
Testifying to Language and Life in Early Modern England examines various aspects of the witness depositions comprising An Electronic Text Edition of Depositions 1560–1760 (ETED) on the accompanying CD-ROM.

ETED combines modern corpus linguistic methodology and editorial theory, and makes available faithful transcriptions of 905 depositions drawn from manuscripts from different areas of early modern England. The depositions, which total c. 267,000 words, cover testimony by men and women of different ages and social strata. In order to cater to a variety of uses and users, the ETED CD-ROM provides the depositions in five electronic formats (XML, resolved XML, HTML, TXT and PDF), as well as a data retrieval program and a number of support files.

The book explores the genre, the socio-historical and legal background, and the language of depositions. Together with the book, ETED constitutes a significant resource for researchers of corpus linguistics, historical pragmatics and historical sociolinguistics, and for social and legal historians.

[Not in series, 162] 2011.  xxi, 360 pp. (Incl. CD-Rom)
Publishing status: Available
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“ETED is a significant contribution to historical pragmatics, and also to other fields, such as historical sociolinguistics and social history. [...] The book accompanying the electronic text edition provides exhaustive information for assessing the usefulness of ETED for future research projects. In addition, the clarity of style supported by chapter summaries and well-selected visuals make it extremely reader-friendly.”
“In making available the depositions corpus, together with a description of background information critical to reading and searching it and a sample of scholarship informed by it, the volume and accompanying CD-ROM are an extraordinary resource and a remarkable accomplishment.”
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