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Old English Scribbles: An Intersection of Pragmatics and Lexicography
Montag, 23. April 2018, 18:00 bis 20:00
The Dictionary of Old English Corpus lists almost sixty texts under its classificatory division B27 (“Scribbles”), and yet these micro-texts are underrepresented in scholarly publications as well as dictionaries and other research tools. This lecture will focus on Old English scribbles to argue that these (linguistically) small texts often carry pragmatic value, and that they may shed light on the cultural practice of early medieval England. Theoretically, I will apply the concept of ‘paratext’ to Old English scribbles and foreground the performative force they convey through various speech acts, whether illocutionary or otherwise. Furthermore, I will conduct a case study by using scribbles found in MS Junius 11 to illustrate what these micro-texts do in this particular manuscript space. I will also suggest how dictionaries and other research tools may represent the pragmatic value of scribbles and other micro-texts with the help of the new digital technology of interoperability.
Haruko Momma is the Chief Editor of the Dictionary of Old English project, the Angus Cameron Professor of Old English Language and Literature, and Professor of Medieval Studies and English at the University of Toronto. She is the author of From Philology to English Studies: Language and Culture in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge 2012) and The Composition of Old English Poetry (Cambridge 1997); she has also co-edited A Companion to the History of the English Language (Wiley 2008). Before assuming her current position in 2017, she taught at New York University for many years and offered a wide range of courses on medieval literature. Her research interests include the idea of purgatory in early medieval English literature.
Veranstaltungsort: Campus Bockenheim, Juridicum, Raum 918