Abbreviations were an integral part of the writing systems used in the Middle Ages. They were used both to conserve precious writing materials and to alleviate “the labour of writing Latin” (Hector 1958: 37). Proof of how widespread and sophisticated the Latin system had become is that the most comprehensive reference work for medieval Latin abb…[Read more]
Manuscript abbreviations are a well-known feature of manuscript culture, which have mainly been studied qualitatively by palaeographers. The present study uses a quantitative corpus-based approach to examine how abbreviations are distributed in the etymologically Romance and Germanic lexicons during the early Middle English period (1150–1350), w…[Read more]
Alpo Seppo Santeri Honkapohja deposited FROM PRACTICA PHISICALIA TO MANDEVILLE’S TRAVELS: UNTANGLING THE MISATTRIBUTED IDENTITIES AND WRITINGS OF JOHN OF BURGUNDY on Humanities Commons 2 years, 12 months ago
In a recent article, Patrick Outhwaite discusses censorship in ‘two previously unknown early sixteenth-century manuscript copies of the Middle English translation of the Practica phisicalia, the recipe book of John of Burgundy (circa 1338-1390).’ While this authorial attribution is problematic, it is in fact only the latest instance in a long tra…[Read more]
Alpo Seppo Santeri Honkapohja deposited THE BRIEF RISE AND FALL OF A SUPERSCRIPT ABBREVIATION FOR THE FIRST PERSON SINGULAR PRONOUN IN THE WEST MIDLANDS BETWEEN 1250 AND 1500 on Humanities Commons 3 years, 3 months ago
This paper examines the strictly regional distribution in a handful of West Midlands counties of the first person singular pronoun, which contracts the spelling into a superscript variant . The data comes from the Linguistic Atlas of Early Middle English (LAEME) and the Linguistic Atlas of Late Mediaeval English (LAEME).