Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Antwerp-London Glossaries: The Latin and Latin-Old English Vocabularies from Antwerp, Museum Plantin-Moretus 16.2 - London, British Library Add. 32246

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Antwerp-London Glossaries: The Latin and Latin-Old English Vocabularies from Antwerp, Museum Plantin-Moretus 16.2 - London, British Library Add. 32246

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The Antwerp-London Glossaries: The Latin and Latin-Old English Vocabularies from Antwerp, Museum Plantin-Moretus 16.2 - London, British Library Add. 32246, Volume 1: Texts and Indexes, ed. David W. Porter, Publications of the Dictionary of Old English 8 (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2011). xii + 258 pp. ISBN 978-0-88844-908-5. $85.00. David Porter's edition of the glossaries from the divided eleventh-century manuscript Antwerp, Museum Plantin-Moretus 16.2 and London, British Library Add. 32246 has long been a scholarly desideratum. It is nearly four centuries since scholarly interest in these glossaries was first aroused. Some of their Latin-Old English entries made their way via Francisais Junius' very unreliable partial transcript into William Somner's Dictionarium Saxonico-Latino-Anglicum of 1659, which itself survives as a ghost behind many entries in Bosworth and Toller's Anglo-Saxon Dictionary, and which is still cited in entries in the Oxford English Dictionary. The work of the Dictionary of Old English is slowly banishing these ghosts, and this edition in their publications series represents an important contribution to the history of English lexicography.

Porter's edition replaces that of L. Kindschi, whose 1955 Stanford Ph.D. produced a more reliable text of the glossaries than had been available hitherto. …

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