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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0355  Tuesday, 25 April 2006

From: 		Norman Hinton <
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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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