Show Less

Textual Healing: Studies in Medieval English Medical, Scientific and Technical Texts


Edited By Javier E. Díaz Vera and Rosario Caballero

The studies presented in this volume concentrate on different aspects of the medical, scientific and technical varieties of early English used in a wide range of medieval manuscripts. As the growing body of research published in recent years has shown, analysing the language of specialised texts is an opportunity to obtain access to the early history and vernacularisation of learned writing styles. It is an area of study in which all the contributors have considerable expertise, which affords them to present data findings while discussing important methodological issues. In addition, in most cases data derive from specially-designed ‘second-generation’ corpora, reflecting state-of-the-art approaches to historical linguistics, discourse analysis and pragmatics. Theoretical issues concerning the digital edition of medical and scientific texts, their role in social network analysis, and their value in the identification of dialectal specific traits are highlighted by the authors.


Show Summary Details
Restricted access



Null Objects in Middle English Medical Texts 1. Introduction Null objects have been the focus of several studies from both a syn- chronic and a diachronic standpoint. The diachronic part, however, has not been sufficiently exemplified because the authors’s intentions in all the studies consulted (Görlach 1992, Culy 1996, Bender 1999) have been to show the tradition of null objects in the history of Eng- lish rather than to thoroughly explore their distribution in a fairly well represented corpus of historical texts from past periods of English. In spite of this, these studies have opened the door to more specific dia- chronic research so that extensively documented descriptions could be done to see whether null complementation had something of an old and well-established existence or its presence in Middle English texts was rare. This chapter aims to describe null objects in Middle English. For this, I have selected texts from the Middle English Medical Texts (MEMT) corpus. This corpus has proven to be adequate for the study of historical English, as shown by the studies carried out by Taavit- sainen (2006), and Alonso-Almeida (forthcoming). My main interest for the study of zero complementation arises from the divergent views in Culy (1996) and Görlach (1992) in their analysis of Middle English recipe texts. My intention is to revise the statements in both works and corroborate one or another with new data and research to elucidate the variety mostly used in the period surveyed. The present investigation considers other textual...

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.

Do you have any questions? Contact us.

Or login to access all content.