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LINGUIST List 20.1898

Sun May 17 2009

Books: Discourse Analysis/Historical Ling: Taavitsainen, Pahta (Eds)

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Medical and Scientific Writing in Late Medieval English: Taavitsainen, Pahta (Eds)

Message 1: Medical and Scientific Writing in Late Medieval English: Taavitsainen, Pahta (Eds)
Date: 16-May-2009
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Medical and Scientific Writing in Late Medieval English: Taavitsainen, Pahta (Eds)
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Title: Medical and Scientific Writing in Late Medieval English
Published: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Editor: Irma Taavitsainen
Editor: Päivi Pahta
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521110419 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 22.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521110419 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 39.99

Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.

Medical and scientific writing in English has evolved over more than a
millennium, from its genesis in the Anglo-Saxon era to its present-day
position as the 'lingua franca' of science. This volume focuses on its
development as a genre in late medieval English. During this period it
emerged in the vernacular, as its Graeco-Roman conventions were modified in
a new socio-historical context. Seven experts discuss the various
linguistic and textual processes involved in vernacularising science, and
how they related to communicative practices and to the writers and readers
of medical and scientific texts. Referring to authentic medieval texts,
they show how discourse communities adopted scriptorial 'house-styles', how
vocabulary and code-switching patterns reflect the multilingual context of
the period, and how intertextuality featured between shared materials.
Bringing together several perspectives on this new research area for the
first time, this book will be welcomed by linguists and historians of
science alike.

1. Vernacularisation of scientific and medical writing in its
sociohistorical context, Päivi Pahta and Irma Taavitsainen;
2. Discourse communities and medical texts, Claire Jones;
3. Transferring classical discourse forms into the vernacular, Irma
4. Code-switching in medieval medical writing, Päivi Pahta;
5. Entrances and exits in English medical vocabulary, 1400-1550, Juhani Norri;
6. Herbal recipes and recipes in herbals - intertextuality in early English
medical writing, Martti Mäkinen;
7. Middle English recipes: vernacularisation of a text-type, Ruth Carroll;
8. The 'Declaracions' of Richard of Wallingford: A case study of a Middle
English astrological treatise, Linda Ehrsam Voigts;
9. Scriptorial 'house-styles' and discourse communities, Irma Taavitsainen.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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