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Author Scribes as Agents of Language Change (Conference) (2011 : University of Cambridge)

Title Scribes as agents of language change / edited by Esther-Miriam Wagner, Ben Outhwaite, Bettina Beinhoff
Published Boston ; Berlin : De Gruyter Mouton, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 328 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Studies in language change, 2163-0992 ; volume 10
Studies in language change (De Gruyter Mouton) ; v. 10
Contents Part I. Introduction. 1. Scribes and language change -- Part II. From spoken vernacular to written form -- 2. Biblical register and a counsel of despair: two Late Cornish versions of Genesis 1 -- 3. Medieval glossators as agents of language change -- 4. How scribes wrote Ibero-Romance before written Romance was invented -- 5. Hittite scribal habits: Sumerograms and phonetic complements in Hittite cuneiform -- Part III. Standardisation versus regionalisation and de-standardisation. 6. Words of kings and counsellors: register variation and language change in early English courtly correspondence -- 7. Quantifying gender change in Medieval English -- 8. Identity and intelligibility in Late Middle English scribal transmission: local dialect as an active choice in fifteenth-century texts -- 9. Lines of communication: Medieval Hebrew letters of the eleventh century -- 10. The historical development of early Arabic documentary formulae -- 11. Individualism in "Osco-Greek" orthography -- 12. How a Jewish scribe in early modern Poland attempted to alter a Hebrew linguistic register -- Part IV. Idiosyncracy, scribal standards and registers. 13. Writing, reading, language change: a sociohistorical perspective on scribes, readers, and networks in medieval Britain -- 14. Challenges of multiglossia: scribes and the emergence of substandard Judaeo-Arabic registers -- 15. Variation in a Norwegian sixteenth-century scribal community -- 16. Language change induced by written codes: a case of Old Kanembu and Kanuri dialects
Summary "The majority of our evidence for language change in pre-modern times comes from the written output of scribes. The present volume deals with a variety of aspects of language change and focuses on the role of scribes. The individual articles, which treat different theoretical and empirical issues, reflect a broad cross-linguistic and cross-cultural diversity. The languages that are represented cover a broad spectrum, and the empirical data come from a wide range of sources. This book provides a wealth of new data and new perspectives on old problems, and it raises new questions about the actual mechanisms of language change"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Linguistic change -- Congresses.
Scribes -- Congresses.
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
Conference papers and proceedings.
Form Electronic book
Author Beinhoff, Bettina, editor
Outhwaite, Ben, editor
Wagner, Esther-Miriam, editor
LC no. 2013409893
ISBN 1299724663 (electronic book)
1614510547 (electronic book)
9781299724662 (electronic book)
9781614510543 (electronic book)