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Making Your Mark: Scribal Scribbles, Drypoint Corrections and Linguistic Norms in an Anglo-Saxon Manuscript

Research profile seminar

Gästforskarseminarium arrangerat av Transkulturalitetsstudier inom forskningsområdet Språk i samhällskontext vid institutionen för språk och litteraturer i samarbete med VitKrit. Alla intresserade är välkomna!


On the face of it, Oxford Corpus Christi College, MS 279B is not a 'good' manuscript. Copied in the early eleventh century by a scribe who appears to have struggled with reproducing a text to the standard expected by his contemporaries, its folios are strewn with erasures, additions of missing words and phrases, and corrections of a textual and linguistic nature.
A closer examination of the manuscript, however, also reveals the presence of a number of additions in drypoint. Unusually for this medium, the additions take the form of linguistic corrections, which move the manuscript's text away from its Mischsprache and closer to the dominant dialect of the time, Late West-Saxon.
Further drypoint additions in the margins supply a personal name, an aphorism, and a commentary on the quality of the copied text. Together they reveal that at least one eleventh-century reader had a strong opinion of what constituted a 'good' manuscript, from a linguistic point of view.

Lecturer: Christine Wallis, University of Sheffield

Date: 5/17/2018

Time: 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Categories: Kulturstudier, Language, Humanities, Research, Linguistics, Comparative Literature

Organizer: institutionen för språk och litteraturer

Location: Faculty of Arts, Lundgrensgatan 1B

Contact person: Michelle Waldispühl

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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-05-29