Scribes as Agents of Language Change

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Created: 2011-11-04 11:13
Institution: Cambridge University Library
Description: This interdisciplinary conference aimed to highlight the importance of written texts as a rich and promising source of data for the examination of language change using the techniques of sociolinguistics, and to investigate the emergence of language registers and the spread of innovation within scribal networks.
 

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Alexander Bergs: 'Writing, reading, language change - a sociohistorical perspective on scribes, readers, and networks...

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This paper investigates the relationship of authors and scribes in medieval Britain. It is shown that in many (late) medieval texts were in fact not autographed, but dictated in...

Collection: Scribes as Agents of Language Change

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Created: Thu 1 Mar 2012


Esther-Miriam Wagner: ‘Challenges of Multiglossia: the emergence of substandard Judaeo-Arabic registers’

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A talk on Arabic language history and Judaeo-Arabic sociolinguistics.

Collection: Scribes as Agents of Language Change

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Created: Mon 7 Nov 2011


Florian Dolberg: ‘Gender Change in medieval English’

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This paper investigates changing gender assignment and exponence at the interface of Old and Middle English.

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Created: Wed 9 Nov 2011


Merja Stenroos: ‘Who is speaking to whom? Identity and intelligibility in Middle English scribal transmission’

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The standardisation of English is often taken to begin in the fifteenth century. Scholars may consider written English to be largely ‘standardised’ by 1500; at the same time,...

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Created: Wed 29 Feb 2012


Terttu Nevalainen: ‘Register variation and language change in early English correspondence’

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This paper discusses the range of linguistic variation in royal letters, both holograph and secretarial, in the Tudor period. I will contrast the holograph letters of Henry VIII...

Collection: Scribes as Agents of Language Change

Institution: Cambridge University Library

Created: Tue 8 Nov 2011