Middle English Word Studies: A Word and Author Index

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Louise Sylvester, Jane Annette Roberts
D.S. Brewer, 2000 - Literary Collections - 322 pages
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Although detailed and full bibliographies exist for Old English word studies, this is the first specifically on Middle English lexicography, focussing on studies of individual Middle English words and groups of words which offer evidence for word meanings: ante- and post-datings for the Oxford English Dictionary and the Middle English Dictionary, missing entries and ghost words, possible proverbs, proposals for etymologies, wordplay, punning, new readings in manuscripts and the reinterpretations of textual cruces. It first presents an annotated bibliography arranged alphabetically by author's name and date of publication; the annotations include notes on the contents and approach of each article, cross-references to related work, and references to reviews. Two indexes follow, the Index of Words, an alphabetical listing of words that have attracted significant discussion with references to the author(s), publication date and notes of pages on which the words are discussed; and an Index of Authors. The introductory section offers critical analyses of the word studies. Professor JANE ROBERTS and Dr LOUISE SYLVESTER teach at King's College London.

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Louise M. Sylvester is Senior Lecturer in English Language at the University of Westminster. She is the author of "Studies in the Lexical Field of Expectation "(1994); co-author of "Middle English Word Studies: a Word and Author Index" (2000); co-editor of "Lexis and Texts in Early English: Studies presented to Professor Jane Roberts "(2001); and "Teaching Chaucer "(2007) as well as essays on Middle English and cognitive approaches to lexicographical resources.

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