Gender Shifts in the History of English

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Appendix 2: Helsinki Corpus texts
and methodology

Helsinki Corpus texts analyzed in Chapters Three and Four

Old English

The following Old English text excerpts from the Helsinki Corpus are included in the study described in Chapters Three and Four.1

OE I (pre-850 AD)
DocumentsDocuments 1
VerseCædmon's Hymn Leiden Riddle
OE II (850–950 AD)
DocumentsDocuments 2
PhilosophyAlfred's Boethius
HistoryChronicle MS A Early Bede's Ecclesiastical History Ohthere and Wulfstan (MS L) Alfred's Orosius
LawLaws (Alfred's Introduction to Laws; Alfred; INE)
ReligiousTreatises Alfred's Cura Pastoralis
PrefacesAlfred's Preface to Cura Pastoralis
BibleVespasian Psalter
Handbooks/MedicineLæceboc
VerseBattle of Brunanburh

1 In the OE III and IV sections, it became apparent that the religious texts are grammatically
conservative with respect to anaphoric gender agreement and they often contain very few anaphoric
references to inanimate objects (e.g., in the excerpt from Ælfric's Letter to Sigeweard, of the 600
total anaphoric pronouns, only 1.3 percent refer to inanimate objects and another 0.5 percent to
animals). In OE III, the Blickling Homilies, the Old Testament, and the Paris Psalter were included;
the West-Saxon Gospels, Lindisfarne Gospels,or Rushworth Gospels were inspected for relevant data
but not included.

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