The aim is to gather different perspectives (palaeography, glossography
, history, linguistics, and philology) to understand better 'the socio-historical context and the cultural and intellectual milieu in which [the gloss] was produced' (p.
560-636 CE), an encyclopedia of "human and divine subjects, was one of the chief landmarks in glossography
and was for many centuries one of the most important reference books" and "became one of the most studied works during the Dark and Middle Ages" ("Isidore of Seville," The New Encyclopaedia Britannica).
And the presence of material shared with Epinal (written in the last years of the 7th century) along with a rather archaic-looking Isidore batch gives an idea of the diachronic dimension of Anglo-Saxon glossography
. Some Cl spellings are even of a more conservative aspect than their counterparts in Epinal.
Derolez, Anglo-Saxon Glossography (Brussels, 1992), 29.
5 'Latin and Old English Aidhelm Glosses: A Direct Link in the "Abingdon Group"', Anglo-Saxon Glossography, 141-9, at 143-4.
7 See Anglo-Saxon Glossography, plate 2(a) and (b).
Perhaps with the help of ultraviolet lighting more can be recovered of the opening of this glossary; what remains even more pressing is interpretation of its significance to the history of glossography
and the development of English.
1992 "Anglo-Saxon glossography: A brief introduction", in: Rene Derolez (ed.), 11-42.
1992 "Anglo-Saxon glossography. Papers read at the International Conference held in Brussels, 8 and 9 September 1986.
Lhuyd, Archaelogia Britannica, giving some Account Additional to what has been hitherto Publish'd, of the Languages, Histories and Customs Of the Original Inhabitants of Great Britain, I (all published) Glossography