Henry Daniel’s Linguistic Innovation
Tuesday, 10 May 2016
Centre for Medieval Studies, Room 310
Henry Daniel, fourteenth-century Dominican friar, wrote the earliest known academic medical treatise in Middle English. To accomplish this task, he had to create much of the vocabulary needed to express specialist knowledge in English. In this talk, Sarah Star will outline some features of Daniel’s linguistic innovation, idiosyncratic style, and connections with medieval English literary culture to show how he established his vernacular authority.