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

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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.

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Notes on Contributors FRANCISCO ALONSO-ALMEIDA is Senior Lecturer of English Historical Linguistics at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. His research interests include aspects of historical linguistics and manuscript studies, although his major research area is in the field of medical manuscripts and texts from a pragmatic and discourse perspective. Currently he is leading a project, which aims at the construction of a corpus of English recipes from 1375 to 1850, the Corpus of Early English Recipes (CoER). He has published extensively on recipes and their linguistic configuration in leading journals of the area. He also works on PDE scientific texts to study aspects related to modality. He is team leader of the project Evidentiality of a Multisciplinary Corpus of English Scientific Papers, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. He also collaborates in a project dealing with the remote identification of users through handwriting and biometric parameters (project funded by Telefónica). ROSARIO CABALLERO is Associate Professor in English Language at the University of Castilla-La Mancha. Her main research areas are Cognitive Linguistics, and Genre and Discourse Analysis. Over the past years she has been working on issues related to metaphor in various genres and has given several invited talks on the topic (universities of Florence, Växjo, Zaragoza, Logroño). She has published several articles on these topics in international journals such as English for Specific Purposes (“How to talk shop through metaphor: Bringing metaphor research to the ESP classroom”), Applied Linguistics (“Metaphor and...

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