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Medieval Glossaries from North-Western Europe: Tradition and Innovation


Medieval Glossaries from North-Western Europe: Tradition and Innovation. Edited by: Seiler, Annina; Benati, Chiara; Pons-Sanz, Sara M (2023). Turnhout: Brepols.

Abstract

Glossaries are the dictionaries of the medieval period. They were created at a time when no comprehensive dictionary of the Latin language existed, but lexicographical resources were urgently needed to engage with the writings of Classical and Late Antiquity as well as near-contemporary texts. In the non-Romance speaking areas in north-western Europe, the compilers of glossaries were quick to have recourse to their vernacular languages. Glossaries are often the places in which these languages were put into writing for the first time. Hence, the effort to explain Latin vocabulary resulted in bilingual lexicography and in the establishment of the vernaculars as written languages in their own right. The negotiation of linguistic and cultural barriers lies at the centre of the glossaries. Consequently, medieval traditions of glossography are highly interconnected.
This volume represents the first reference work dedicated to medieval glossaries in English and related traditions, including other languages spoken in the British Isles (Celtic languages, Anglo-Norman) and the Germanic languages (High and Low German, Dutch, Scandinavian, Gothic). As such, it is intended as a vademecum for researchers in order to facilitate modern approaches to medieval glossography, lexicology and lexicography, which often require some familiarity with different traditions. Written by experts in the field, the fifty chapters of this volume highlight important characteristics and themes of medieval glossaries and outline different glossographic traditions; they facilitate access to individual glossaries, or groups of related glossaries, by providing detailed discussions of the texts, their sources, relationships and transmission; they also give an account of the current state of research and highlight important resources.

Abstract

Glossaries are the dictionaries of the medieval period. They were created at a time when no comprehensive dictionary of the Latin language existed, but lexicographical resources were urgently needed to engage with the writings of Classical and Late Antiquity as well as near-contemporary texts. In the non-Romance speaking areas in north-western Europe, the compilers of glossaries were quick to have recourse to their vernacular languages. Glossaries are often the places in which these languages were put into writing for the first time. Hence, the effort to explain Latin vocabulary resulted in bilingual lexicography and in the establishment of the vernaculars as written languages in their own right. The negotiation of linguistic and cultural barriers lies at the centre of the glossaries. Consequently, medieval traditions of glossography are highly interconnected.
This volume represents the first reference work dedicated to medieval glossaries in English and related traditions, including other languages spoken in the British Isles (Celtic languages, Anglo-Norman) and the Germanic languages (High and Low German, Dutch, Scandinavian, Gothic). As such, it is intended as a vademecum for researchers in order to facilitate modern approaches to medieval glossography, lexicology and lexicography, which often require some familiarity with different traditions. Written by experts in the field, the fifty chapters of this volume highlight important characteristics and themes of medieval glossaries and outline different glossographic traditions; they facilitate access to individual glossaries, or groups of related glossaries, by providing detailed discussions of the texts, their sources, relationships and transmission; they also give an account of the current state of research and highlight important resources.

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Item Type:Edited Scientific Work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of German Studies
06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Greek and Latin Philology
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
06 Faculty of Arts > Center for Medieval Studies Zurich
Dewey Decimal Classification:030 Encyclopedias & books of facts
090 Manuscripts & rare books
420 English & Old English languages
430 German & related languages
440 French & related languages
470 Latin & Italic languages
Scope:Discipline-based scholarship (basic research)
Language:English
Date:2023
Deposited On:24 Jul 2023 12:53
Last Modified:24 Jul 2023 12:54
Publisher:Brepols
Series Name:The Medieval Translator
Volume:19
Number of Pages:762
ISBN:978-2-503-58457-7
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1484/M.TMT-EB.5.117294
Project Information:
  • : FunderForschungskredit Postdoc
  • : Grant IDFK-17-085
  • : Project TitleGlossaries: Lexicography in the English Middle Ages
  • : FunderKompetenzzentrum «Zürcher Mediävistik»
  • : Grant ID
  • : Project Title
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