The Volume contains written versions of some contributions to the Fifth International Conference on Middle English (ICOME 5), held at the University of Naples in 2005. Most of the papers concentrate on individual aspects of grammar and semantics, although some focus on dialectal fragmentation, and others adopt a pragmatic perspective. There is still a lot to be done in the study of the Middle English lexicon, in the same way as there are many aspects of grammar that have not been fully studied yet. The volume aims at providing contributions that can further the knowledge of these subfields of English historical linguistics, through state-of-the-art case studies that also exploit all modern resources such as computerised corpora and electronically tagged texts.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2007. 292 pp., num. tables and graphs
Contents: Gabriella Mazzon: Introduction – Hans-Jürgen Diller: From mōd to emotion (or almost): the medieval
gestation of a modern concept – Dieter Kastovsky: Middle English word-formation: a list of desiderata – Laura Wright: On some
Middle English Colour Terms, including pink – Barbara Bianchi: Towards an electronic LALME: Scandinavian and
French influence in some late Middle English texts from Cheshire – María José Carrillo-Linares/Edurne Garrido-Anes: Middle
English Lexical Distributions: Two Instances From The Lay Folks’ Catechism – Gabriella Del Lungo Camiciotti: A pragma-linguistic
approach to medieval narrative: the case of saints’ lives – Julia Fernández Cuesta/Nieves Rodríguez Ledesma: From Old Northumbrian
to Northern Middle English: Bridging the divide – Nils-Lennart Johannesson: On Orm’s relationship to his Latin sources – Cynthia
Lloyd: From denominal to deverbal: the suffix -age in Middle English – María José López-Couso: Frequency effects: Middle
English nis as a case in point – Roderick W. McConchie: Discomfort in Middle English – Belén Méndez Naya: He
nas natright fat: On the origin and development of intensifier right – Lilo Moessner: The Mandative Subjunctive
in Middle English – Tibor Örsi: The Use of Synonyms in the English Version of Mandeville’s Travels – Letizia Vezzosi:
Himself: an overview of its use in Middle English – Jerzy Wełna: The loss of the liquid [l] in Early English, or what
Luick and Jordan did not say – Anna Wojtyś: Middle English perfixal past participle marking in the Midlands.