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Name: Jacob  Thaisen
Institution: Adam Mickiewicz University
Email: click here to access email
Homepage: http://ifa.amu.edu.pl/~thaisen
State and/or Country: Poland   
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
Selected Publications: Thaisen, Jacob. 'Adam Pinkhurst's Short and Long Forms'. In Scribes, Printers, and the Accidentals of their Texts (working title), edited by Jacob Thaisen and Hanna Rutkowska. (Studies in English Medieval Language and Literature). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, in press.
Thaisen, Jacob. 'The Merchant, the Squire, and Gamelyn in the Christ Church Chaucer Manuscript', Notes & Queries, vol. 55, 1-4. 2008.
Thaisen, Jacob. 'The Trinity Gower D Scribe's Two Canterbury Tales Manuscripts Revisited'. In Design and Distribution of Late Medieval Manuscripts in England, edited by Margaret Connolly and Linne Mooney. (Manuscript Culture in the British Isles, vol. 1). York: York Medieval Press, 41-60. 2008.
Thaisen, Jacob, and Orietta Da Rold. 'The Linguistic Stratification in the Cambridge University Library Dd Copy of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales', Neuphilologische Mitteilungen. In press.
Thaisen, Jacob. 'Overlooked Variants in the Orthography of British Library, Additional MS 35,286', Journal of the Early Book Society for the Study of Manuscripts and Printing History, vol. 11, 121-43. 2008.
Thaisen, Jacob. 'Orthography, Codicology, and Textual Studies: The Cambridge University Library, Gg.4.27 Canterbury Tales'. BoletiƄ Millares Carlo, vol. 24-25, 379-94. 2005-06.
Thaisen, Jacob, and Norman F. Blake. 'Spelling's Significance for Textual Studies'. In Worlds of Words: A Tribute to Arne Zettersten, edited by Cay Dollerup. (=Nordic Journal of English Studies, special issue, vol. 3, no. 1), 93-107. 2004.
Courses Taught: 2MA, 'Issues in English Historical Linguistics'
1MA, 'Introduction to Textual Criticism'
1MA, 'Mediaeval English Dialectology'
1MA, 'Introduction to Manuscript Studies'
3BA, 'Introduction to Medieval Handwriting'
Reviewer of: History of English (LL Issue 20.1931)

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