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Þe Laurer of Oure Englische Tonge

Assistants to the editors: Ewa Ciszek and Łukasz Hudomięt


Marcin Krygier and Liliana Sikorska

This volume contains a selection of papers presented at the Medieval English Studies Symposium held in Poznań, Poland, in November 2007. The papers cover a wide range of topics in the areas of Old and Middle English language and literature: from language contact and Middle English syntax to pragmatics, and from Chaucer to Middle English religious and secular discourse.
Contents: Simon Horobin: ‘Speaking and Writing in Suffolk Speech’: the language and dialect of Osbern Bokenham – Jerzy Wełna: The post-sonorant devoicing of [d] in the past/past participle forms of weak verbs (sent, spend, etc.) – Janusz Malak: The categorization of the infinitive in the Old English ACI constructions – Justyna Rogos: A synchronic approach to Old English nominal paradigms in the study of Ælfric’s Catholic Homilies – Anna Kamińska-Cichosz: The use of the «Subordinate Word-Order» in Old English and Old High German - a Text-Type Dependent Comparative Analysis – Andrzej Wicher: Tolkien’s indolent kings - echoes of medieval history in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings – Noel Harold Kaylor Jr.: The shape of Chaucerian tragedy – Władysław Witalisz: «That mikel lith in Havelok» - supernatural signs of authority in Middle English romance – Anna Czarnowus: Feminine acedia in Robert Henryson’s The Testament of Cresseid – Rafał Borysławski: Twist and turn: On the visual rhetoric of Old English variation – Bartłomiej Błaszkiewicz: The poetics of the Gest historiale of the destruction of Troy.