IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 201: Lexical Approaches to Old English

Monday 9 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Matthias Ammon, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Naomi Bennett, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Paper 201-aAn Expectation of Security?: Investigating Rare Lexical Meanings in Old English
(Language: English)
Matthias Ammon, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Law
Paper 201-bBolgenmod or Not?: A Lexicographic Look at the Angry Anglo-Saxons
(Language: English)
Daria Izdebska, Department of English, Liverpool Hope University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Mentalities
Paper 201-cÞræl: Lexicology and Language Contact in Old and Middle English
(Language: English)
Katherine Miller, School of English, University of Leeds
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Middle English
Abstract

The context-based analysis of words and collocations across the whole range of Old English literature enables us to reinterpret words or passages in individual texts and even make editorial decisions based on the meaning of words in other instances of their occurrence. Lexical analysis on the basis of the entire corpus of Old English is thus an invaluable tool for philology and literary interpretation alike, and is therefore crucial to our understanding of Old English literature. This session will bring together scholars who use word studies to understand Old English and Old English texts with the goal of sharing both philological findings and methods of research adapted to the newly available technologies.