In some cases, however, a change can disrupt the text, as when a dialect difference results in a different syllable length, which affects the meter, or when an Anglian word is rendered as a similar but unrelated West Saxon
word, which disturbs the sense.
The analysis will scrutinize noun plurals attested in 9 Old English prose texts, which together represent the West Saxon
dialect of Early Old English as well as all of the four major dialects of Late Old English, and which constitute approximately 475,000 words of textual material.
Cultivating fields that their colleague Reuter had plowed before dying suddenly, medievalists explore problems in comparative history, Charlemagne and the paradoxes of power, the aetheling Aethelwold and West Saxon
royal succession 899-902, the Sonderweg and other myths in Ottonian history, Henry II and Frederick Barbarossa as seen by their contemporaries, the ideology of the 10th-century Benedictine reform, chapters in the life of archbishop Daibert, editing a medieval text as demonstrated on work by Nicholas of Clairvaux, and Timothy Reuter and the edition of Wibald of Stavelot's letter collection for the Momumenta Germaniae Historica.
This reflects the interests of the late Patrick Wormald, who originally convened the papers that these articles develop; for Wormald understood that the West Saxon
legal and monastic reform was built on Carolingian precedents.
The structure of the book is twofold: part I explores Alfred's administration of power against the backdrop of West Saxon
After preliminary chapters that examine the West Saxon
political order, there are studies of the four translations associated with the king himself (the Pastoral Care of Pope Gregory the Great; Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy; the Soliloquies of St Augustine; the first fifty psalms) plus the introduction to Alfred's lawcode which is rightly seen as belonging to the same tradition of re-interpretation of Solomonic kingship in the context of ninth-century Wessex.
They built the city and first cathedral at Durham to guard Cuthbert's body, and they fought a 200 year-long rearguard action to preserve Northumbrian identity against Viking, Scot, West Saxon
A few hundred years after the first invaders, some of their legends, told over and over again in mead halls throughout the country, would be written down as a poem in a West Saxon
dialect, known to us as Beowulf.
Mary Richards less flamboyantly argues for an implicit recognition of ethnic affinity in the evolution of Anglo-Saxon law and Janet Thormann shows how four tenth-century poems included in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle serve to 'inscribe' West Saxon
power as the expression of a larger national unity.
(2.) Davis in his excellent article discusses how the West Saxon
kings extended their lineage beyond Woden through Biblical patriarchs to "Adam, primushomo et pater naoster id est Christus"; thus "their genetic, blood-lineal descent from divinity, which had been obscured for centuries after the conversion, was neatly and triumphantly restored (36).
Robinson argues, show 'the first literary use of dialect in English', for they cluster in the speech of the Viking messenger and lend his message 'the alien accents of a living, speaking Norseman'.(3) Because of his reinterpretation of the lexical data and because of the indisputable slightness of the orthographic evidence, Robinson suggests that the poet could have been a West Saxon
rather than a native of Essex.(4)
The meticulous phonological and morphological analyses of the language of the manuscript would seem to support this localization, for where dialectal forms other than late West Saxon
arise, they are generally attributable to the exemplar(s).
abbot of Malmesbury, the most learned teacher of 7th-century Wessex, a pioneer in the art of Latin verse among the Anglo-Saxons, and the author of numerous extant writings in Latin verse and prose.
It provides key evidence for the Northumbrian dialect of OE, in an era when literary production was dominated by the West Saxon
standardized written dialect exemplified in the works of AElfric, Wulfstan, and others trained in the monastic reform era.
How do compounds in early Mercian prose works (e.g., Alexander's Letter, the Old English Bede) differ from compounds in Late West Saxon