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Multiple Perspectives on English Philology and History of Linguistics

A Festschrift for Shoichi Watanabe on his 80 th Birthday


Edited By Tetsuji Oda and Hiroyuki Eto

This collection of articles covers a wide range of topics in English philology and history of linguistics. The volume proceeds from Old English studies offering a unique perspective and approach in literary and linguistic research into Anglo-Saxon England. Two articles deal with English phonology from both historical and contemporary standpoints, and another with a theoretical discussion of etymological inquiry. The last section contains three articles focusing on the history of linguistics or the history of ideas. The wide range of topics addressed in the 12 chapters of this volume reflects the diversity of interests in the research efforts of Shoichi Watanabe, professor emeritus at Sophia University, to whom this volume is dedicated by his former students. He is not only highly valued as a distinguished professor of English philology, but also acknowledged for his critique of civilization with his unique view of history and culture.


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KENICHI TAMOTO Palaeographical Facts and Conjectures about the Rushworth Gospels (Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Auct. D. 2. 19) 27


KENICHI TAMOTO Palaeographical Facts and Conjectures about the Rushworth Gospels (Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Auct. D. 2. 19) The present account is comprised of two parts:1 in Part I a brief general survey of the Codex Rushworthianus (i.e. the Rushworth Gospels or sometimes called the Gospels of MacRegol) will be made by viewing several pages of the codex, and in Part II codicological or palaeographical problems will be discussed. The facts which concern those problems will firstly be described, and the description of those facts will be followed by conjectures founded upon them. The plates attached at the end of the present account are all pictures of pages extracted from the manuscript in order to prove facts about the MS. 1. A brief general survey of the codex Plate 1. This is Folio 1 recto, the first page of the MS. The plate is the reduced black-and-white copy from the microfilm,2 which is in fact coloured in the MS. itself: the MS page is highly decorative and therefore it might be illegible. Folio 1r is the ornamented full initial page of the Gospel of Saint Matthew (the illustrated space measures 1 The present account is primarily based upon the lecture which was delivered at the monthly meeting of ERA (the English Research Association of Hiroshima) held on 16 May 2009. The present writer expresses his apprecia- tion to Professor Akiyuki Jimura, the organizer of ERA. 2 MS Auct. D. 2. 19., at Oxford University, Bodleian Library, a microfilm,...

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