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Old Names – New Growth

Proceedings of the 2 nd ASPNS Conference, University of Graz, Austria, 6-10 June 2007, and Related Essays

Peter Bierbaumer and Helmut W. Klug

For the 2 nd ASPNS conference the emphasis regarding the topics of the talks was placed on lexicographic and linguistic matters. In this volume the contributors assess the various problems of working with plant names like foxes glofa and geormanleaf, pulege and psyllium, hlenortear or fornetes folm. A special study analyses the semantic aspects of Old English plant names. More generally plant related discussions deal with the mandrake legend in Anglo-Saxon England and continental Europe, the need for a new publication of the Old English Herbarium and of the Medicina de Quadrupedibus, or the tree names in Anglo-Saxon charters. The conference also served as a platform to introduce the Graz-Munich online project Dictionary of Old English Plant Names.
Contents: Eric Stanley: ‘The Cedar tree that is in Lebanon, euen vnto the Hyssope that springeth out of the wall’ – Maria Amalia D’Aronco: The edition of the Old English Herbal and Medicina de Quadrupedibus: two case studies – Anne Van Arsdall: Exploring what was understood by ‘mandragora’ in Anglo-Saxon England – Della Hooke: Trees in Anglo-Saxon charters: some comments and some uncertainties – Antonette diPaolo Healey: Perplexities about plant names in the Dictionary of Old English – Inge B. Milfull: PULEGE and PSYLLIUM: Old English plant names in p- in the Oxford English Dictionary – Hans Sauer/Ulrike Krischke: The Dictionary of Old English Plant-Names (DOEPN), or: The Graz-Munich Dictionary Project – Helmut W. Klug/Roman Weinberger: Old English plant names go cyber: The technical aspects of the DOEPN-project – Ulrike Krischke: On the semantics of Old English compound plant names: motivations and associations – Peter Bierbaumer: Old English FORNETES FOLM - An orchid – Anne Van Arsdall/Helmut W. Klug/Paul Blanz: The mandrake plant and its legend: a new perspective.