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Title: Bells Chiming from the Past
Subtitle: Cultural and Linguistic Studies on Early English
Edited By: Isabel Moskowich-Spiegel
Begoña Crespo-García
URL: http://www.rodopi.nl/senj.asp?BookId=COS+174
Series Title: Costerus NS 174

To understand the characteristics of present-day English language and
culture we must have some understanding of the earlier stages of language
use. Bells Chiming from the Past investigates the early development
of English and covers different aspects of English medieval studies, from
traditional philological concerns, to the most recent perspectives of
modern linguistics applied to early English texts. Most of the papers are
based on empirical research in English Historical Linguistics, and will
contribute substantially to our theoretical and descriptive understanding
of English varieties, both written and spoken.

The book focuses on the relationship and interaction of language and
culture during the Middle English period. Some of the articles are clearly
linguistically-oriented, but most could be included under a wider
philological perspective since they study both language and the cultural
milieu in which linguistic events took place.

Bells Chiming from the Past is aimed at an international readership
and makes a desirable addition to the field of Historical Linguistics,
featuring as it does contributions from an array of well-known
professionals from different academic and scientific institutions.


Isabel Moskowich and Begoña Crespo: Introduction
Part 1. Linguistic aspects of early English
Agnieszka Pysz: The (im)possibility of stacking adjectives in Early English
Ruth Carroll: Lists in Letters: NP-lists and general extenders in Early
English correspondence
Prancisco Alonso-Almeida: Middle English medical books as examples of
discourse colonies: G.U.L Hunter 307
Rosa Eva Fernández-Conde: The second-person pronoun in late medieval
English drama: The York Cycle (c. 1440)
Isabel Moskowich and Begoña Crespo: Different paths for words and money:
The semantic field of “Commerce and Finance” in Middle English
Part 2. Language and culture
John McKinnell: How might Everyman has been performed?
Isabel de la Cruz-Cabanillas: Shift of meaning in the animal field: Some
cases of narrowing and widening
María José Esteve-Ramos: Different aspects of the specialised nomenclature
of ophthalmology in Old and Middle English
Nuria Bello-Piñón and Dolores Elvira Méndez-Souto: Complex predicates in
early scientific writing
Mª Victoria Domínguez-Rodríguez and Alicia Rodríguez-Álvarez:
Sixteenth-century glosses to a fifteenth-century gynaecological treatise
(BL, MS Sloane 249, ff. 180v-205v): A scientifically biased revision
Part 3. Philology and the study of medieval texts
Donald Scragg: Rewriting eleventh-century English grammar and the editing
of texts
Francisco José Álvarez-López: DCL, B IV, 24: A palaeographical and
codicological study of Durham’s Cantor’s Book
Nils-Lennart Johannesson: The four-wheeled quadriga and the seven
sacraments: On the sources for the ‘dedication’ of the Ormulum
Juan Camilo Conde-Silvestre: Verbal confrontation and the uses of direct
speech in some Old English poetic hagiographies
Tom Shippey: Tolkien, medievalism, and the philological tradition

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Rodopi
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English, Middle
English, Old
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9042023414
ISBN-13: 9789042023413
Pages: 279
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