ne eom ic wod: a diachronic analysis of the semantic field of madness
My research is concerned with Middle English medical texts and language change in the semantic field of madness.
Taking as a starting point my transcriptions of medieval medical recipe texts Rylands English MS 404 and Chetham’s MS Mun.A.3.127, my PhD focuses on the pragmatics of this text type. I will be looking at how madness language in medical recipe texts is situated in comparison to that in philosophical, legal and literary genres. In particular, I am interested in the relationship between linguistic representations of mental illness and Medieval cultural ideologies.
David Denison and David Matthews
- Historical pragmatics
- Language change
- Discourse analysis
- Manuscript studies
- MA English Language, The University of Manchester, 2011 (Distinction)
- BA English Language, The University of Manchester, 2010 (First Class Honours)
- MA Women’s Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2002
- BA Women’s Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1997
- Registered Mental Nurse, 1991
- Registered General Nurse, 1988
- 2011, GTA for Introduction to Old English (LELA20091)
- 2012, GTA for Introduction to Middle English Language (LELA 20052)
Since 2009, I have worked with CHICC at the John Rylands Library, Deansgate, first cataloguing, and now transcribing Middle English manuscripts. My transcription of Rylands English MS 404 (medical recipes), which formed a part of my MA thesis, is now available online alongside the high quality digital images of the manuscript. I was also involved, along with Jasmine Sparrow, in transcribing Rylands English MS 7 (The Forme of Cury), which is now available as an ‘ebook Treasure’.