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Communicating Early English Manuscripts

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Overview

"In an obvious way, manuscripts communicate. This is the first book to focus on the communicative aspects of English manuscripts from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century. It investigates how the authors and scribes of these manuscripts communicated with their audiences, how the characters depicted in these manuscripts communicate with each other, and how the manuscripts communicate with scholars and audiences in the 21st century. It covers a wide variety of genres, such as stories, scientific writing, witchcraft records, personal letters, war correspondence, courtroom records, and plays. The volume demonstrates how these handwritten texts can be used to analyse the history of language as communication between individuals and groups, and discusses the challenges these documents present to present-day scholars. It is unique in bringing together studies by distinguished international experts examining primary handwritten sources from the perspectives of several fields, including historical pragmatics, historical sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics and literary scholarship"-- Provided by publisher.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521193290
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/27/2011
  • Series: Studies in English Language Series
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Päivi Pahta is Professor of English Philology in the School of Modern Languages and Translation Studies at the University of Tampere.

Andreas H. Jucker is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Zurich.

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Communicating manuscripts: authors, scribes, readers, listeners and communicating characters Andreas H. Jucker and Päivi Pahta; Part I. Authors, Scribes and their Audiences: 2. Commonplace-book communication: role shifts and text functions in Robert Reynes's notes contained in MS Tanner 407 Thomas Kohnen; 3. Textuality in late medieval England: two case studies Gabriella Del Lungo Camiciotti; 4. The significance of now-dispersed Bute 13: a mixed-language scientific manuscript Patricia Deery Kurtz and Linda Ehrsam Voigts; 5. Communicating attitudes and values through language choices: diatopic and diastratic variation in Mary Magdalene in MS Digby 133 Maurizio Gotti and Stefania Maci; 6. Constructing the audiences of the Old Bailey Trials 1674–1834 Elizabeth Closs Traugott; Part II. Communicating through Handwritten Correspondence: 7. A defiant gentleman or 'the strengest thiefe of Wales': reinterpreting the politics in a medieval correspondence Merja Stenroos and Martti Mäkinen; 8. Sociopragmatic aspects of person reference in Nathaniel Bacon's letters Minna Palander-Collin and Minna Nevala; 9. Poetic collaboration and competition in the late seventeenth century: George Stepney's letters to Jacob Tonson and Matthew Prior Susan Fitzmaurice; 10. Handwritten communication in nineteenth-century business correspondence Marina Dossena; Part III. From Manuscript to Print: 11. The relationship between MS Hunter 409 and the 1532 edition of Chaucer's works edited by William Thynne Graham D. Caie; 12. The development of play-texts: from manuscript to print Jonathan Culpeper and Jane Demmen; 13. Communicating Galen's Methodus medendi in Middle and Early Modern English Päivi Pahta, Turo Hiltunen, Ville Marttila, Maura Ratia, Carla Suhr and Jukka Tyrkkö; 14. Prepositional modifiers in early English medical prose: a study ON their historical development IN noun phrases Douglas Biber, Bethany Gray, Alpo Honkapohja and Päivi Pahta; 15. The pragmatics of punctuation in Older Scots Jeremy Smith and Christian Kay; Part IV. Manuscripts and their Communicating Characters: 16. Greetings and farewells in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales Andreas H. Jucker; 17. Attitudes of the accused in the Salem witchcraft trials Leena Kahlas-Tarkka and Matti Rissanen.
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