Inside Old English: Essays in Honour of Bruce Mitchell
January 2016, Wiley-Blackwell
Inside Old English: Essays in Honour of Bruce Mitchell offers readers a comprehensive insight into the world of Old English.
- Brings together original essays written by prominent specialists in the field in honour of Bruce Mitchell, the eminent Oxford scholar and co-author of the bestselling A Guide to Old English, 6th edition
- Encourages readers to engage with the literary, cultural, intellectual, religious and historical contexts of Old English texts
- Explores the problems scholars face in interpreting and editing Old English texts
- Contributors provide authoritative and informative perspectives, drawing out connections between different contexts and pointing readers towards the essential secondary literature for each topic
List of Abbreviations xiv
Bruce Mitchell xviii
Fred C. Robinson
1 Eight Notes on the Beowulf Text 19
2 A Point Well Taken: Manuscript Punctuation and Old English Poems 38
3 The Incomparable Wryness of Old English Poetry 59
4 Straining Words and Striving Voices: Polysemy and Ambiguity and the Importance of Context in the Disclosure of Meaning 74
Antonette diPaolo Healey
5 “Eala, geferan and gode wyrhtan”: On Interjections in Old English 91
6 Speaking One’s Mind in The Wanderer 117
7 Wulfstan’s Scandinavian Loanword Usage: An Aspect of the Linguistic Situation in the Late Old English Danelaw 134
8 An Aspect of Old English Poetic Diction: The Postpositioning of Prepositions 153
9 Issues for Editors of Anglo-Saxon Poetry in Manuscript Form 181
Bernard J. Muir
10 Language and Style in Two Anonymous Old English Easter Homilies 203
11 Latin Influence on an Old English Idiom: “To Wit” 222
12 Germanic *uargaz (OE wearh) and the Finnish Evidence 242
Fred C. Robinson
13 How the Leopard Got His Spots: English Grammatical Categories, Latin Terms 248
A Bibliography of Writings by Bruce Mitchell 1956–2004 268
Select Bibliography 279
List of Editions Used 282
Index of Names 287
Index of Old English Words and Phrases 290
Index of Subjects 291
JOHN WALMSLEY, Professor emeritus of Englische Sprache und Literatur und ihre Didaktik at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, read English Language and Literature at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, and General Linguistics and Education at Edinburgh and Durham Universities respectively. He held teaching posts at Hamburg University and St. Mary's College, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, before being appointed to his chair at Bielefeld. From 1993 to 1994 he was Visiting Fellow at the Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics (RCEAL) Cambridge, England. His publications cover topics in linguistics, applied linguistics and foreign-language teaching, and the history of linguistics. Current interests include the role of linguistics in education, linguistic terminology and its history, and late medieval English grammar.
- Inside Old English gives readers a comprehensive insight
into the world of Old English.
- Consists of a series of original essays written by prominent
specialists in the field in honour of the eminent Oxford scholar,
Bruce Mitchell (co-author of the best-selling textbook, A Guide
to Old English, 6th edition, Blackwell, 2001).
- Encourages readers to engage with the literary, cultural,
intellectual, religious and historical contexts of Old English
- Explores the problems scholars face in interpreting and editing
Old English texts.
- Highlights the essential secondary literature for each topic.