ANGLO-SAXON PLANT-NAME SURVEY (ASPNS): Fourteenth Annual Report, for 2012
ASPNS is pleased to announce that we have a new advisor, Dr Wendy Anderson, Senior Lecturer in English Language, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow. Her research interests include semantics, corpus linguistics, translation theory, Scottish English and Scots, but her principal support for ASPNS will be as our website adviser.
ASPNS was consulted four times last year by the Dictionary of Old English, involving four plant-names and a plant-related landscape feature. We also received a query from a researcher into early herbal remedies.
Carole Biggam has spent much of the year completing the editing of a forthcoming ASPNS book, which is currently being reviewed for the potential publisher.
Thanks are due to English Language, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow, U.K., for hosting and supporting ASPNS.
Dr C. P. Biggam, Director of ASPNS
10th March 2013
Plant-Related Publications by ASPNS Members
Biggam, C. P. "Anglo-Saxon Plant-Name Survey (ASPNS): Thirteenth Annual Report for 2011," Old English Newsletter Online 43.1 (2012).
Breeze, Andrew. "Chaucer's Nun's Priest and gaitris berryis," Linguistic Meetings Across Borders, edited by Krzysztof Jaskuła and Wojciech Malec, 41-4. Zamość: Wydawnictwo Officina Simonidis, 2012. [Identifies the gaitris berryis as spindle-tree berries, citing Old English gate-treow and dialectal gaiter- and gatter-tree].
Breeze, Andrew, "The Wild Green Hills of Wyre and Other Notes." Housman Society Journal 38 (2012), 89-135. [Includes a new etymology for wyre, as in Worcester, from Brittonic uegro 'greenery'].
D'Aronco, M. A. "Anglo-Saxon Medical and Botanical Texts, Glosses and Glossaries after the Norman Conquest: Continuations and Beginnings, an Overview," Rethinking and Recontextualizing Glosses: New Perspectives in the Study of Late Anglo-Saxon Glossography, edited by Patrizia Lendinara, Loredana Lazzari and Claudia Di Sciacca, 229-248. Textes et études du Moyen Âge 54. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2011. [Not reported last year].
D'Aronco, M. A. "A Problematic Plant-Name, elehtre: a Reconsideration," Herbs and Healers from the Ancient Mediterranean through the Medieval West: Essays in Honor of John M. Riddle, edited by Anne van Arsdall and Timothy Graham, 187-216. Medicine in the Medieval Mediterranean 4. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2012.
Hooke, Della, "The Sacred Tree in the Belief and Mythology of England," Sacred Species and Sites: Advances in Biocultural Conservation, edited by Gloria Pungetti, Gonzalo Oviedo and Della Hooke, 307-21. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Hooke, Della. "Wealdbære and Swinemæst, Wood-Pasture in Early Medieval England: Papers in Memory of H. S. A. Fox," Life in Medieval Landscapes: People and Places in the Middle Ages, edited by Sam Turner and Bob Silvester, 32-49. Oxford: Windgather Press, 2012.
Klug, Helmut W. and Roman Weinberger. "Modding Medievalists: Designing a Web-based Portal for the Medieval Plant Survey / Portal der Pflanzen des Mittelalters (MPS / PPM)," Herbs and Healers from the Ancient Mediterranean through the Medieval West: Essays in Honor of John M. Riddle, edited by Anne van Arsdall and Timothy Graham, 329-58. Medicine in the Medieval Mediterranean 4. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2012
Rydén, Mats and Ingvar Svanberg. "Kabblekans namn," Svensk Botanisk Tidskrift 106.6 (2012), 321-2. [The Swedish plant-name kabbleka, including English names for the genus Caltha].