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A catalogue of manuscripts known to contain Old English dry-point glosses


Studer-Joho, Dieter (2017). A catalogue of manuscripts known to contain Old English dry-point glosses. Tübingen: Narr Francke Attempto.

Abstract

While quill and ink were the writing implements of choice in the Anglo-Saxon scriptorium, other colouring and non-colouring writing implements were in active use, too. The stylus, among them, was used on an everyday basis both for taking notes in wax tablets and for several vital steps in the creation of manuscripts. Occasionally, the stylus or perhaps even small knives were used for writing short notes that were scratched in the parchment surface without ink. One particular type of such notes encountered in manuscripts are dry-point glosses, i.e. short explanatory remarks that provide a translation or a clue for a lexical or syntactic difficulty of the Latin text. The present study provides a comprehensive overview of the known corpus of dry-point glosses in Old English by cataloguing the 34 manuscripts that are currently known to contain such glosses. A first general descriptive analysis of the corpus of Old English dry-point glosses is provided and their difficult visual appearance is discussed with respect to the theoretical and practical implications for their future study.

Abstract

While quill and ink were the writing implements of choice in the Anglo-Saxon scriptorium, other colouring and non-colouring writing implements were in active use, too. The stylus, among them, was used on an everyday basis both for taking notes in wax tablets and for several vital steps in the creation of manuscripts. Occasionally, the stylus or perhaps even small knives were used for writing short notes that were scratched in the parchment surface without ink. One particular type of such notes encountered in manuscripts are dry-point glosses, i.e. short explanatory remarks that provide a translation or a clue for a lexical or syntactic difficulty of the Latin text. The present study provides a comprehensive overview of the known corpus of dry-point glosses in Old English by cataloguing the 34 manuscripts that are currently known to contain such glosses. A first general descriptive analysis of the corpus of Old English dry-point glosses is provided and their difficult visual appearance is discussed with respect to the theoretical and practical implications for their future study.

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Item Type:Monograph
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:090 Manuscripts & rare books
820 English & Old English literatures
Uncontrolled Keywords:dry-point glosses, glossography, Old English
Language:English
Date:27 November 2017
Deposited On:11 Dec 2017 09:25
Last Modified:18 Apr 2018 11:49
Publisher:Narr Francke Attempto
Series Name:Schweizer Anglistische Arbeiten
Volume:142
Number of Pages:306
ISBN:978-3772086175
Funders:Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.digicontent.narr.de/38617/9783772056178.pdf
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