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'Les cent nouvelles nouvelles': A linguistic study of MS Glasgow Hunter 252

Roger, Geoffrey (2011) 'Les cent nouvelles nouvelles': A linguistic study of MS Glasgow Hunter 252. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

MS Glasgow Hunter 252 is the sole surviving manuscript copy of the 'Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles'. The present PhD thesis, funded by a Glasgow University Scholarship and supervised by James Simpson and Peter Davies, explores the language of this collection of bawdy tales, attributed to the court of Philippe III de Bourgogne (1396-1467). Most existing studies on the language of the 'Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles' have offered a literary (e.g. stylistic, narratological) perspective, and very few have considered the document within the wider context of French historical linguistics. The present thesis aims to fill this gap by: •Presenting elements of linguistic interest within the document (dialectalisms, archaisms, rare features, cultural references, etc.), through a comprehensive survey of phonology, morphology, syntax and vocabulary. •Expanding and reassessing existing theories on orthographic standardisation and dialectal input in written and, more speculatively, spoken Middle French. •Providing scriptological evidence towards the localisation of other textual resources within the online 'Dictionnaire du moyen français (1330-1500)'. •Investigating the authenticity of the mise-en-scène of the 'Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles'; reflecting on linguistic practices and note-taking at the Court of Burgundy. •Exploring spoken language as rendered by direct speech passages, with special consideration of linguistic variation and stereotyping. •Publishing textual databases for future analysis (tables of main spelling variants, alphabetical list of words, etc.).

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles, Middle French, moyen français, historical dialectology, dialectologie historique, scriptology, scriptologie, Picard scripta, regional scriptae, sriptae régionale, French historical linguistics, linguistique historique, linguistique diachronique, standardisation, spoken language, langue parlée, direct speech, discrours direct, mise-en-scène,
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > French
Supervisor's Name: Davies, Dr. Peter and Simpson, Dr. James
Date of Award: 2011
Depositing User: Mr Geoffrey Roger
Unique ID: glathesis:2011-2872
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2011
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2013 13:54
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/2872
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