The Tremulous Hand of Worcester: A Study of Old English in the Thirteenth Century
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The Tremulous Hand of Worcester: A Study of Old English in the Thirteenth Century

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ISBN-13:
9780198117421
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.12.1991
Seiten:
264
Autor:
Christine Franzen
Gewicht:
490 g
Format:
228x151x22 mm
Serie:
Oxford English Monographs
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Examines the work of a 13th-century scribe, known as the "tremulous hand of Worcester", who glossed some 50,000 Old English words into Latin and Middle English. The book attempts to answer questions regarding his methods, use of sources, knowledge of Old English and the purpose of his glossing.
The layers of glossing; the manuscripts; his early work in Middle English; his use of sources and external aids; his glosses - some successes and failures; some thoughts on his intentions. Appendices: the worksheet entries; his tremble.
The shaky handwriting of the thirteenth-century scribe known as the "tremulous hand of Worcester" is well known to scholars and students of Old and early Middle English. This book examines the full range of the scribe's work and answers such important questions as why he glossed the words he did and how well he knew or came to know Old English. This first full-scale study of the subject provides a wealth of information about the state of the English language at a transitional point in its history.