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Title: "Of medicineз sedatyueз": Some notes on adjective position and oral register in Middle English medical texts
Authors: Moskowich, Isabel
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Adam Mickiewicz University
Citation: Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, vol. 45.1 (2009), pp. 57-68
Abstract: The position of adjectives in the English Noun Phrase is regarded as something quite fixed and pertaining to the level of syntax rather than to any other. In previous studies (Moskowich 2002; Moskowich – Crespo 2002; Lareo – Moskowich 2009), it has been shown, however, that there seem to be some other extra-syntactic variables at stake determining word-order patterns. This paper aims at analysing the word-order patterns of adjectives in the emerging scientific writing in the Middle Ages, particularly in medical texts written in English. To this end, several texts contained in MEMT (Middle English Medical Texts) will be analysed. As a first approach, samples belonging to the three different traditions included in the Corpus will be considered. This examination of samples from a surgical text, a specialised one and a remedy book will also help obtain some conclusions regarding the evolution in the use of the so called French type adjectives in the language.
ISSN: 0081-6272
Appears in Collections:Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, 2009 vol. 45.1

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