Gower Bibliography

Regionalism in Late Medieval Manuscripts and Texts: Essays Celebrating the Publication of A Linguistic Atlas of Late Mediaeval English

Riddy, Felicity, ed. "Regionalism in Late Medieval Manuscripts and Texts: Essays Celebrating the Publication of A Linguistic Atlas of Late Mediaeval English." York Manuscript Conference: Proceeding Series, 2 . Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1991

Review

As should be expected, Gower is cited a number of times in this collection of essays by some of the leading students of Middle English dialectology and textual transmission. M.L. Samuels includes Gower in his discussion of the appearance of western forms in manuscripts written in London, in "Scribes and manuscript traditions" (pp. 1-7). His argument is that western forms are more prominent than other non-London spellings because eastern forms are less different, and because Northern scribes, because of the greater difference in their dialect, would strive harder to copy literatim. And Jeremy Smith's earlier demonstration of the prevalence of literatim copying in the tradition of Gower manuscripts is cited here by Smith himself, in his essay on "Tradition and innovation in South-West-Midland Middle English" (pp. 53-65), and by Ronald Waldron, in his "Dialect Aspects of Manuscripts of Trevisa's Translation of the Polychronicon" (pp. 67-87). [PN. Copyright The John Gower Society. JGN 12.2]

Item Type:Book
Subjects:Language and Word Studies
Manuscripts and Textual Studies

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