Beowulf Unlocked: New Evidence from Lexomic Analysis by Michael D.C. Drout, Yvette Kisor, Leah Smith, Allison

By Michael D.C. Drout, Yvette Kisor, Leah Smith, Allison Dennett, Natasha Piirainen

The most unusual and ground-breaking paintings on Beowulf in different a long time, this ebook makes use of “lexomic” tools that mix computer-assisted statistical research with conventional techniques to bare new and impressive information regarding the development and assets of the best surviving outdated English poem. innovations of cluster research determine styles of vocabulary distribution that point out powerful similarities and adjustments between segments of the poem. The correlation of those styles with wisdom received from source-study, philological research, and ignored prior scholarship sheds new gentle at the fabric of which Beowulf was once made and how it was once composed. the results of this research for the relationship, constitution, and cultural context of Beowulf will overturn the present scholarly consensus and considerably increase our figuring out of the poem, its nature, and origins.

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Béowulf and Judith Done in a Normalized Orthography, rev. ed. Jess B. Bessinger, Jr. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1959 [1966]. Francis P. Magoun, ed. The Anglo-Saxon Poems in Bright’s AngloSaxon Reader Done in Normalized Orthography. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1956 [1965], iv. 13. Magoun, “Foreword” Béowulf and Judith, [unpaginated]. 14. htm. Accessed 24 July 2014. CHAPTER 4 Cluster Analysis of Beowulf Abstract The initial results of hierarchical agglomerative cluster analysis of segments of Beowulf show a heterogeneity of vocabulary distribution.

Segment C1, the Unferth and Breca material, is dissimilar from all other segments in the poem. Segment J, A 1–188 B1 189–455 C1 456–606 D1 662–836 E1 607–661, 837–1062 Fig.

18–25. Other abbreviations (such as those for sanctus, episcopus or þæt) are generally handled more consistently by editors and in any event are rare enough to have proven to be insignificant in all previous analyses. Comparison among poems copied by different scribes often requires consolidation and lemmatization for and, ond and Tironian note. For example, the differences in the usages of and/ond between the Exeter Book and the Junius manuscript are so pervasive and consistent that they can overwhelm the similarities of vocabulary between Azarias and Daniel.

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