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LINGUIST List 23.3206

Fri Jul 27 2012

Diss: Historical Linguistics: Litzler: 'A Corpus of Middle English Medical Prologues in the Sloane Collection of the British Library...'

Editor for this issue: Lili Xia <lxialinguistlist.org>

Date: 23-Jul-2012
From: Mary Litzler <litzmfgmail.com>
Subject: A Corpus of Middle English Medical Prologues in the Sloane Collection of the British Library: An introduction to the genre in prose
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Institution: Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Program: Interdisciplinary studies in language, culture, translation and classical tradition
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2011

Author: Mary Frances Litzler

Dissertation Title: A Corpus of Middle English Medical Prologues in the Sloane Collection of the British Library: An introduction to the genre in prose

Dissertation URL: http://acceda.ulpgc.es/handle/10553/6294

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Dissertation Director:
Francisco Alonso-Almeida

Dissertation Abstract:

This dissertation has two objectives. The first is to provide a corpus of
transcriptions of the unpublished prologues to medical texts written or
copied in the 15th century found to exist in the Sloane collection of the
British Library. The second is to provide an introduction to the corpus
including information on the manuscripts in which they are found and
the contents of the prologues themselves. All of this is done with a view
towards determining trends that might exist in the genre of medical
prologues from this time period.

A total of 56 previously unedited prologues to medical texts from 15th
century manuscripts are included in the final corpus. An additional 9
prologues from the Sloane collection which had already been edited
and published in academic publications were also considered in the
analysis section. The corpus is divided into six different groups
according to the area of medicine covered in accompanying text in
order to facilitate analysis of the contents in the prologues. The groups
are surgery texts, plague texts, urine and uroscopy texts, texts with
remedies, texts on regimen of health and texts on the ancillary areas of
medicine such as astrology.

There are seven chapters to the dissertation. After an initial
introduction, there is a chapter that reviews medieval prologue studies,
an introduction to medieval medical text research, a description of the
corpus including the manuscripts, the transcriptions themselves, a
discussion and a conclusion. In addition, a glossary and notes can be
found in the appendices.



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