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)|
|Verse||Cædmon's Hymn Leiden Riddle|
|OE II (850–950 AD)|
|History||Chronicle MS A Early Bede's Ecclesiastical History Ohthere and Wulfstan (MS L) Alfred's Orosius|
|Law||Laws (Alfred's Introduction to Laws; Alfred; INE)|
|Religious||Treatises Alfred's Cura Pastoralis|
|Prefaces||Alfred's Preface to Cura Pastoralis|
|Verse||Battle 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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Publication information: Book title: Gender Shifts in the History of English. Contributors: Anne Curzan - Author. Publisher: Cambridge University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2003. Page number: 195.
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