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Medical and Scientific Writing in Late Medieval English

Medical and Scientific Writing in Late Medieval English

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Part of Studies in English Language

Päivi Pahta, Irma Taavitsainen, Claire Jones, Juhani Norri, Martti Mäkinen, Ruth Carroll, Linda Ehrsam Voigts
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  • Date Published: April 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521831338

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About the Authors
  • The late Middle Ages in England saw a flowering of scientific writing in the vernacular that moved English discourse in new directions and established new textual genres. This book examines the sociolinguistic causes and effects of that process, based on the empirical evidence from manuscripts and computerized files. Topics covered include scriptorial "house-styles", code-switching, translation strategies, and transmission processes. The book offers important new insights into vernacularization phenomena, and will be welcomed by historical linguists and medievalists alike.

    • An important new study of the emergence of Middle English (i.e. vernacular) scientific writing from the Latin tradition
    • Effectively combines innovative corpus-based analyses with traditional manuscript studies
    • The study of linguistic phenomena is complemented by investigation of sociohistorical contexts, discourse communities, translation strategies, code-switching and transmission processes
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521831338
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Vernacularisation of scientific and medical writing in its sociohistorical context Päivi Pahta and Irma Taavitsainen
    2. Discourse communities and medical texts Claire Jones
    3. Transferring classical discourse forms into the vernacular Irma Taavitsainen
    4. Code-switching in medieval medical writing Päivi Pahta
    5. Entrances and exits in English medical vocabulary, 1400–1550 Juhani Norri
    6. Herbal recipes and recipes in herbals - intertextuality in early English medical writing Martti Mäkinen
    7. Middle English recipes: vernacularisation of a text-type Ruth Carroll
    8. The 'Declaracions' of Richard of Wallingford: A case study of a Middle English astrological treatise Linda Ehrsam Voigts
    9. Scriptorial 'house-styles' and discourse communities Irma Taavitsainen.

  • Editors

    Irma Taavitsainen, University of Helsinki
    Irma Taavitsainen is Professor of English Philology at the University of Helsinki, and deputy director of the Research Unit of Variation and Change, University of Helsinki.

    Päivi Pahta, University of Helsinki
    Päivi Pahta is Research Fellow in the multidisciplinary Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and a member of the Research Unit for Variation and Change in English, both at the University of Helsinki.


    Päivi Pahta, Irma Taavitsainen, Claire Jones, Juhani Norri, Martti Mäkinen, Ruth Carroll, Linda Ehrsam Voigts

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