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Revised online edition of a Linguistic Atlas of Late Medieval English

Project: Research

AcronymeLALME
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/09/0731/08/10
Total award£533,250.00
Funding organisationAHRC
Funder project referenceAH/E007848/1
Period1/09/0731/08/10

Description

eLALME is a revised on-line edition of A Linguistic Atlas of Mediaeval English. by Angus McIntosh, M.L. Samuels and Michael Benskin, published in 1986 by Aberdeen University Press. The content of the original atlas, with revisions, corrections and additions, is here made available as a freely accessible website. eLALME allows you to: search for and retrieve LPs and entries from the Index of Sources; create lists of the forms collected for the different Questionnaire items; view maps (both static and dynamic); create your own maps; ‘fit’ (i.e. localise) texts.

Layman's description

eLALME is a revised on-line edition of A Linguistic Atlas of Mediaeval English. by Angus McIntosh, M.L. Samuels and Michael Benskin, published in 1986 by Aberdeen University Press. The content of the original atlas, with revisions, corrections and additions, is here made available as a freely accessible website. eLALME allows you to: search for and retrieve LPs and entries from the Index of Sources; create lists of the forms collected for the different Questionnaire items; view maps (both static and dynamic); create your own maps; ‘fit’ (i.e. localise) texts

Key findings

This is revised and corrected (in some areas of the country, notably the North-West Midlands and Central Midlands quite extensively) but most of the content is not new work. It is nevertheless a vastly important improvement of a world-leading piece of research and a work that is an indispensable resource for all historical dialectologists and linguistic historians of English, for text editors and for students of the history of the language. The revolutionary quality of it lies in its enhancement of the original resource by means of its provision on a freely accessible interactive website.

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