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ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE DOUBLE-COPYING OF A PASSAGE OF MIDDLE ENGLISH
T. M. Smallwood
Vol. 87, No. 4 (1986), pp. 550-554
Published by: Modern Language Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43343775
Page Count: 5
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An article in Neuphilologische Mitteilungen of 1972 noticed a passage in the Caligula MS of LaƷamon's Brut which the scribe had accidentally copied out twice. There is a longer example of a doublecopied passage of Middle English in a fourteenth century MS which shows a very different type of variation between the two copies from that found in the LaƷamon's Brut MS. Whereas the earlier example showed variations in linguistic forms between the two copies, the example offered here shows uncanny consistency of linguistic forms, but striking latitude in phraseology and sense.
Neuphilologische Mitteilungen © 1986 Modern Language Society