TitleApproaches to Medieval Texts and Corpora: Old to Middle English
Date/TimeWednesday 6 July 2022: 16.30-18.00
OrganiserIMC Programming Committee
Moderator/ChairLauren Sisson, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Paper 1310-a With a Little Help from Digital Humanities: Researching Medieval Glossed Corpora in the 21st Century
(Language: English)
Bernhard Bauer, Zentrum für Informationsmodellierung, Universität Graz
Index Terms: Computing in Medieval Studies; Language and Literature - Celtic; Language and Literature - Latin; Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1310-b On the Borders of English in Early Middle English Poetry
(Language: English)
Rory Critten, Section d'anglais, Université de Lausanne
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Comparative; Language and Literature - French or Occitan; Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 1310-c The Index of Middle English Prose (IMEP): Creating a Digital Catalogue for Cotton Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Alpo Seppo Santeri Honkapohja, Institutt for litteratur, områdestudier og europeiske språk (ILOS), Universitetet i Oslo
Index Terms: Bibliography; Computing in Medieval Studies; Language and Literature - Middle English; Manuscripts and Palaeography
AbstractPaper -a:
The proposed paper will present the workflow for editing and analysing early medieval glossed manuscripts established within the MSCA-IF project 'Early Medieval Glosses and the Question of Their Genesis: A Case Study on the Vienna Bede' (GLOSS-VIBE). Its interdisciplinary theoretical framework for researching early medieval (parallel) glosses includes methodology from the digital humanities, philology, and linguistics. I will demonstrate the necessary steps which lead to a comprehensive digital documentary edition of the Vienna Bede (Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Codex 15298, olim Suppl. 2698) including the primary text and all the glosses and annotations.

Paper -b:
This paper will consider the ways in which early Middle English poets exploited the rapidly expanding lexicon of English; its particular focus will fall on the different valences that French words might assume in English literary contexts. The argument will contribute to developing understandings of the various possible links and disjunctions between language and national identity on the eve of the Hundred Years War. A subsidiary aim will be to demonstrate the usefulness of the online platforms developed by the historical dictionaries for the close reading of early English poetry.

Paper -c:
Access to medieval manuscripts is dependent on the tools available to us. The Index of Middle English Prose (IMEP), an expanding catalogue of opening and closing lines, is the most important reference tool for a Middle English non-verse texts. There are, however, numerous challenges related to identifying, describing, cataloguing, and digitising hand-copied medieval texts. This paper discusses an ongoing project of completing an IMEP handlist of the famous Cotton manuscripts located in the British Library as well as integrating it with the digital catalogue, which is under development at Cambridge University Library.