Cultural and historical perspectives

on Old and Middle English:


a web encyclopedia by the members of ENG6361F (2004)

Graduate Department of English, University of Toronto

© the authors 2005


Some entries have not (yet?!) been submitted electronically and for that reason only have not been included here.


Old English

The Function of the Futhorc Before Christianization and the Introduction of the Roman Alphabet in Old English (Susan Hesemeier)

Roman Script and the Function of the Futhorc in Anglo-Saxon England (Rohanna Green)

Editing Old English Poetry: Reconciling Orality and Text (Christine Arnold)


Semantic field studies

Christian Terminology in the OE Lexicon before the Christianization Period (Rosa Corradi)

Plant Names in Old and Middle English: Problems and Trends in Taxonomy (Andrew K. Yang)

Medieval Secular Music Terminology (Romi Mikulinsky)


Middle English

Middle English as Creole? (Brandy Ryan)

Quaint Clitter: Chaucer’s Qualified Use of Profanity in The Canterbury Tales (Ira Wells)

John Wycliffe and the English Language (Erin Russell)

English Language Change and the Advent of Printing (Elizabeth Dickens)

Editing Middle English (Wm. Paul Meahan)

Manuals for Teaching English as a Foreign Language in the 15th and 16th Centuries (Alan J. Corrigan)


Semantic field studies (see also above)

Medical Terminology in Middle English: the Body (Erin Ellerbeck)

Medical Terminology in Middle English: Disease (Irena Pochop)

Mental Illness Terminology in Middle English (Amelia DeFalco)

Rime and metre, what else is there? Middle English Poetic Terminology (K. L. Hainer)

Nautical Terminology in Middle English  (Kendall Shields)

More Garbage, Anyone? Eating and Cooking Meat in Medieval England (Rosalie Taylor)


Diachronic topics

The Historical Rise of the English Phrasal Verb (George J.M. Lamont)

The Story of Older Scots: the Rise and Fall of a Regional Variety (Fiona Coll)

Hiberno-English: the English Language in Medieval Ireland (Áine McGlynn)