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Philological Approaches


Seiler, Annina; Wallis, Christine (2023). Philological Approaches. In: Condorelli, Marco; Rutkowska, Hanna. The Cambridge Handbook of Historical Orthography. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 338-359.

Abstract

As a mode of study, philology has a long history, yet the way the term has been used, and the attitude of scholars to both the study of orthography and the meaning of orthographic variation, has changed substantially over time. This chapter outlines the origins and history of philology, from its roots in the Classical period to the present day, and discusses how far philological approaches pertain to the study of historical orthography. Philology’s focus on material, historical and manuscript contexts makes it an especially fruitful way of interrogating historical texts, and philological methods have long been viewed as a particularly apt way of dealing with (among other features) the wide orthographic variation naturally present in medieval works. To illustrate the concerns and approaches of present-day philologists to the study of historical orthography, the chapter presents two case studies. The first focuses on scribal practices in Old English and provides an example of a manuscript-centered analysis of orthography. The second focuses on the scripting of Old English and Old High German and illustrates how historical orthographies can be analyzed by mapping spelling onto an etymological sound reference system.

Abstract

As a mode of study, philology has a long history, yet the way the term has been used, and the attitude of scholars to both the study of orthography and the meaning of orthographic variation, has changed substantially over time. This chapter outlines the origins and history of philology, from its roots in the Classical period to the present day, and discusses how far philological approaches pertain to the study of historical orthography. Philology’s focus on material, historical and manuscript contexts makes it an especially fruitful way of interrogating historical texts, and philological methods have long been viewed as a particularly apt way of dealing with (among other features) the wide orthographic variation naturally present in medieval works. To illustrate the concerns and approaches of present-day philologists to the study of historical orthography, the chapter presents two case studies. The first focuses on scribal practices in Old English and provides an example of a manuscript-centered analysis of orthography. The second focuses on the scripting of Old English and Old High German and illustrates how historical orthographies can be analyzed by mapping spelling onto an etymological sound reference system.

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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:28 September 2023
Deposited On:16 Nov 2023 13:56
Last Modified:28 Mar 2024 01:00
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Series Name:Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics
ISBN:9781108720052
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108766463.017
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English