Master classes on historical punctuation

You are cordially invited to three master classes on the forms and functions of punctuation in Late Middle English and Early Modern English. The classes will present three very different perspectives on punctuation, which remains an understudied area. The classes will be relevant to anyone working on historical texts, also non-English ones, not only for the theoretical perspectives on whether punctuation is prosodic or syntactic, but also because editors (and corpus compilers) have a long history of suppressing what punctuation marks are present in the historical source materials themselves.

The event is in part financed by LingPhil, in part by ILOS, which funding is gratefully acknowledged.


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The first known written recipe for ice cream dates from 1665 and is found in the recipe book of Lady Anne Fanshawe. Three different punctuation marks are used in it.


Monday, 21 October

Georg Sverdrup building, Undervisningsrom 3

09:15-11:15   Jane Roberts, Professor Emerita of Medieval English Language & Literature, King's College London. TOPIC: Punctuation in Late Medieval English manuscripts.


11:45-14:00   Nuria Yáñez-Bouza, Profesora Titular, University of Vigo. TOPIC: Punctuation in relation to Prescriptivism and the Early Modern Period.


Tuesday, 22 October

Georg Morgenstierne building, Seminarrom 115

09:15-11:15    María José Lopéz-Couso, (Full) Professor in English Language and Linguistics, University of Santiago de Compostela. TOPIC: Punctuation in relation to compilation and use of corpora.


Gjertrud Stenbrenden & Jacob Thaisen
Tags: punctuation, history of the English language, book history
Published Oct. 11, 2019 10:11 AM - Last modified Oct. 11, 2019 10:15 AM