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Multilingualism in medieval English glossaries: A multimodal analysis


Seiler, Annina (2023). Multilingualism in medieval English glossaries: A multimodal analysis. In: Włodarczyk, Matylda; Tyrkkö, Jukka; Adamczyk, Elżbieta. Multilingualism from Manuscript to 3D: Intersections of Modalities from Medieval to Modern Times. New York: Routledge, 35-57.

Abstract

This chapter investigates medieval English glossaries via the lens of Mark Sebba’s framework for a multimodal analysis of multilingual texts. The analysis focuses on the visual/spatial arrangement of bi- and multilingual material in six glossaries dating from the 7th to the 13th centuries. Glossaries, the medieval precursors of modern dictionaries, represent a text genre with a highly salient layout. They systematically exploit visual/spatial features as a semiotic resource to identify different information categories or to highlight different codes and thus rely on complex literacy practices. The very different layouts attested in medieval glossaries reveal different conceptualisations of the glossary text.

Abstract

This chapter investigates medieval English glossaries via the lens of Mark Sebba’s framework for a multimodal analysis of multilingual texts. The analysis focuses on the visual/spatial arrangement of bi- and multilingual material in six glossaries dating from the 7th to the 13th centuries. Glossaries, the medieval precursors of modern dictionaries, represent a text genre with a highly salient layout. They systematically exploit visual/spatial features as a semiotic resource to identify different information categories or to highlight different codes and thus rely on complex literacy practices. The very different layouts attested in medieval glossaries reveal different conceptualisations of the glossary text.

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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
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > General Arts and Humanities
Social Sciences & Humanities > General Social Sciences
Language:English
Date:2023
Deposited On:24 Mar 2023 07:44
Last Modified:30 Mar 2024 02:35
Publisher:Routledge
ISBN:9780367763596
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003166634-4
Related URLs:https://www.routledge.com/Multilingualism-from-Manuscript-to-3D-Intersections-of-Modalities-from/Wlodarczyk-Tyrkko-Adamczyk/p/book/9780367763596#sup (Publisher)
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