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Culinary verbs in Middle English


Magdalena Bator

This study examines the range of culinary verbs found in the English culinary recipes of the 14th and 15th centuries. Altogether over 1500 recipes have been collected and over 100 verbs were selected for the research. They have been divided into three major semantic groups, i.e. verbs of cooking, cutting, and preparing. The analysis comprises such aspects as the origin of the verbs, rivalry of synonyms, context of usage and other criteria.
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I would like to take this opportunity and express my gratitude to several people for their support when working on the present study. In particular, I would like to thank my mentor, Professor Jacek Fisiak, for his constant encouragement to pursue my studies as well as his enormous trust and understanding. I am also indebted to some of my colleagues, from whom I would like to single out: Dr Anna Snarska, for her patient consultations on some syntactical issues concerning the medieval verbs; Dr Marta Sylwanowicz, for sharing some of the interesting books and articles on medieval recipes; and Mr Colin Phillips, for the hours spent on proofreading the manuscript.

Last but not least, my special thanks go to my relatives and friends for their patience and support. My biggest debt is to Walter for reminding me of what is really important as well as for the peace and quiet he provided me with. It is to him that I would like to dedicate this book.

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