Although often associated with the medieval period, scribes were still widely employed between 1500 and 1700, and grammatical, lexical, orthographic and palaeographical variation was still widespread. This chapter presents a scribal profiling technique that was designed to distinguish between groups of letters written by different scribes in a corpus of Early Modern English (hence EModE) personal correspondence to and from Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury, c.1527 – 1608, also known as Bess of Hardwick and henceforth referred to in this chapter as Bess. It argues that scribal composition had a greater influence upon the language used within Early Modern English letters than has previously been assumed, and suggests that scribal profiling can be a way to take such influence into account before and during linguistic analyses.
|Title of host publication||Reading the Page: Verbal and Visual Communication in Early English Texts|
|Place of Publication||Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy (as USML 37)|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Sep 2017|
Marcus, I. (2017). Whose Letters Are They Anyway? Addressing the Issue of Scribal Writing in Bess of Hardwick’s Early Modern English Letters. In M. Mostert (Ed.), Reading the Page: Verbal and Visual Communication in Early English Texts Brepols. http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503574646-1