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Manuscript layout as evidence for word prototypicality in Old English, with particular reference to onomastic items

Dunlop, Leonie Mhari (2012) Manuscript layout as evidence for word prototypicality in Old English, with particular reference to onomastic items. MPhil(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This thesis investigates the contribution of manuscript spacing to our understanding of Old English palaeography, the development of the language, and the categorization of lexical items. This study focusses on onomastic items and their treatment in a section of the Old English annals of the Parker Chronicle and Peterborough Chronicle. While many studies focus on the reader’s relationship to the text, this research focusses on the scribe’s relationship to the text. Influenced by Saenger’s Space between Words (1997), this thesis uses a new methodology to measure the spacing between lexical items and collect data. The results challenge the categorization of lexical items in Old English as they are currently defined and illustrate the potential of this approach in further research. They also reaffirm the importance of observing the manuscripts themselves.

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Additional Information: Due to copyright restrictions the full text of this thesis cannot be made available online. Access to the printed version is available.
Keywords: Old English, onomastics, lexical semantics, manuscript studies
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language
Supervisor's Name: Hough, Prof. Carole A. and Lowe, Dr. Kathryn A.
Date of Award: 2012
Depositing User: Miss Leonie M. Dunlop
Unique ID: glathesis:2012-3180
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2012
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 14:04
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/3180

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