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Ælfric’s Glossary in the Middle English Period


Seiler, Annina (2019). Ælfric’s Glossary in the Middle English Period. In: Stenroos, Merja; Mäkinen, Martti; Thengs, Kjetil V; Traxel, Oliver M. Current Explorations in Middle English: Selected papers from the 10th International Conference on Middle English (ICOME), University of Stavanger, Norway, 2017. Bern: Peter Lang, 285-307.

Abstract

This paper investigates two manuscripts of Ælfric’s Glossary (ÆGl) which were annotated or copied in the Middle English (ME) period. The first version, Cotton Faustina A. x contains many Anglo-Norman (AN) as well as some ME glosses, which were added by at least two scribes in the twelfth century; the second version, Worcester F. 174, was copied by the so-called “Tremulous Hand” of Worcester scribe in the thirteenth century, who shortened the glossary and updated the English parts of entries. The two adaptations represent very different treatments of Ælfric’s Glossary. This paper argues that neither of the two copies was specifically intended to teach English. On the other hand, both recensions reflect the changing linguistic realities of post-Conquest England.

Abstract

This paper investigates two manuscripts of Ælfric’s Glossary (ÆGl) which were annotated or copied in the Middle English (ME) period. The first version, Cotton Faustina A. x contains many Anglo-Norman (AN) as well as some ME glosses, which were added by at least two scribes in the twelfth century; the second version, Worcester F. 174, was copied by the so-called “Tremulous Hand” of Worcester scribe in the thirteenth century, who shortened the glossary and updated the English parts of entries. The two adaptations represent very different treatments of Ælfric’s Glossary. This paper argues that neither of the two copies was specifically intended to teach English. On the other hand, both recensions reflect the changing linguistic realities of post-Conquest England.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:2019
Deposited On:10 Aug 2020 06:55
Last Modified:26 Jan 2022 14:36
Publisher:Peter Lang
Series Name:Studies in English Medieval Language and Literature
Number:56
ISSN:1436-7521
ISBN:978-3-631-78473-0
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.3726/b15645
Related URLs:https://www.peterlang.com/view/title/68251
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