Encyclopaedic Notes as Micro-Texts: Contextual Variation and Communicative Function

Kees Dekker*

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    Encyclopaedic notes occur in some 45 manuscripts from Helmut Gneuss
    and Michael Lapidge’s Bibliographical Handlist (2014), either as individual microtexts or in groups. They are either single statements conveying factual information, or lists itemising simple knowledge. The manuscript context of encyclopaedic notes is, as yet, unexplored: they may occur in the periphery, in the margins or centrally in manuscripts, but are never part of the larger texts in these codices. In this article, I review a group of encyclopaedic notes which recurs, in various forms, in six manuscripts. By considering codicological as well as textual features and by assessing the interplay between the intentions of authors or compilers vis-à-vis reader- or user-response, it becomes clear that the insertion of encyclopaedic notes was motivated by various types of associations made by scribes and compilers. These associations are the key to establishing their communicative functions.
    Originele taal-2English
    TitelAnglo-Saxon Micro-Texts
    SubtitelBuchreihe der Anglia / Anglia Book Series
    RedacteurenUrsula Lenker, Lucia Kornexl
    Plaats van productieBerlin / Boston
    UitgeverijDe Gruyter Mouton
    Aantal pagina's28
    ISBN van elektronische versie978-3-11-063096-1, 978-3-11-062984-2
    ISBN van geprinte versie978-3-11-062943-9
    StatusPublished - 2019

    Publicatie series

    NaamBuchreihe der Anglia / Anglia Book Series

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