Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Scribal Repertoires in Egypt from the New Kingdom to the Early Islamic Period$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jennifer Cromwell and Eitan Grossman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198768104

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198768104.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 04 December 2020

Set Them Free?!

Set Them Free?!

Investigating Spelling and Scribal Variation in Language and History

Chapter:
(p.41) 3 Set Them Free?!
Source:
Scribal Repertoires in Egypt from the New Kingdom to the Early Islamic Period
Author(s):

Alexander Bergs

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198768104.003.0003

This paper presents and investigates some general issues regarding the study of scribal variation and the question of free variation in language. It shows that historical linguistics actually does not suffer from a lack of data, but that the particular data available to the historical linguist can offer new and fascinating insights into language users and the groups they belong to. In two empirical cases studies (the late Middle English Paston Letters and the early Middle English Peterborough Chronicle), this paper presents two long-term analyses of individual scribes and authors, and their role(s) in their respective social networks. It appears that scribal variation, at least for this period, was not a question of free variation, but was constrained by complex language-internal and language-external factors. The specific nature of historical data allows for a detailed study of these factors.

Keywords:   social networks, historical sociolinguistics, real-time studies, language change, innovation, diffusion

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .