IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 719: Scribal Rules: 'A Scæl Gelæred Smið Swa He Gelicost Mæg Be Bisne Wyrcan Butan He Bet Cunne'

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Rebecca Fisher, School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics, University of Sheffield
Moderator/Chair:Rebecca Fisher, School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics, University of Sheffield
Paper 719-aExemplars and Scribal Innovation in the Old English Bede
(Language: English)
Christine Wallis, School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 719-bDo Medieval Glossators Deviate from the 'Rules' of the Vernacular?
(Language: English)
Markus Schiegg, Internationales Doktorandenkolleg 'Textualität in der Vormoderne', Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Literacy and Orality
Paper 719-cThe Copying Techniques of the Worcester Cartulary Scribes
(Language: English)
Kate Wiles, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Language and Literature - Old English, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

Covering topics as diverse as the Old English Bede, Old High German glosses and Anglo-Saxon charters, this session will explore scribal practice in pre-1100 manuscripts. This session focusses on the comparison of copies to exemplars, exposing the ways in which scribes dealt with their exemplars. We will explore the rules scribes followed (or not) when copying, discussing the question of whether the scribes were aware of a ‘standard’ to which they should adhere.