The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0355 Tuesday, 25 April 2006
Date: Monday, 24 Apr 2006 13:39:17 -0500
Subject: 17.0346 WordHoard
Comment: Re: SHK 17.0346 WordHoard
If your interest is solely in the meaning, or one of the possible
meanings of a word, then the concordance approach may be handy for some
investigations. But "my ears ache" is not the same as "myne eres aken"
-- it is a replacement of ME utterances by MnE utterances, and quite
obscures the entire development of the morphology and to some extent,
the grammar, of the language. Vocabulary is not the only, or even the
necessarily most interesting aspect of language.
The Middle English Dictionary managed to cite the individual manuscripts
of Chaucer in its entries, rather than attributing all entries to an
editor's "Chaucer". The remark quoted earlier in the string about
conflated modern Shakespeare texts implies the same problem with the
Word Hoard text of Shakespeare.
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