The Middle English Scribal Texts Programme (MEST)

The Middle English group at Stavanger has been around since 2006. We are studying late medieval texts written wholly or partly in English, from all kinds of angles but especially sociolinguistic, pragmatic and philological – that is, the detailed study of texts and their material and cultural contexts.

Late medieval administrative documents

This site contains information about our projects and about the Middle English team at Stavanger.  It also contains the online versions of two corpora: The Middle English Grammar Corpus (MEG-C) and A Corpus of Middle English Local Documents (MELD).

The MEG-C corpus contains samples of the texts, of various genres, that were mapped in A Linguistic Atlas of Late Mediaeval English (Mcintosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986), representing the period ca 1325-1500. The latest published version, 2011.1, contains 410 texts, approximately half the texts available to us, and will be augmented once we have the time and funding.

The MELD corpus contains transcriptions of local documents - administrative texts and letters - from the period 1399-1525. The current version, 2017.1, contains 2,017 texts and is published in instalments, beginning with the East Midlands part (published 31 May 2017).

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