AbstractThe purpose of this paper is to compare two 15th-century manuscripts, Cambridge, University Library Kk.1.3 and Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton 50, focusing on both paleographical and linguistic aspects. Samples from different sections of both manuscripts have been transcribed from either the original manuscripts or digital photographic reproductions. Each word and morpheme have been lexico-grammatically tagged to evaluate the scribe’s linguistic behaviour with respect to spelling, phonology, and morphology. Paleographical and linguistic data to support the two main conclusions of the study are offered. With this analysis, I conclude that both manuscripts are, almost certainly, copied by the same person. Comparison of the different copying strategies generated by this single scribe allows us to achieve a better understanding of the written material in which Middle English has been preserved.
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Cambridge, University Library Kk.1.3 (parts 10 and 11)
London, British Library Harley 1337
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Manchester, John Rylands Library English 63
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Oxford, Bodleian Library, Hatton 50
Oxford, Bodleian Library, Rawlinson C. 901
Oxford, Bodleian Library, Tanner 11
Oxford, St John’s College 57
Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/2
Princeton, Firestone Library 100
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