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Murray McGillivray


Annual Fellow 2016-17


Murray McGillivray is a Professor in the Department of English, specializing in Old and Middle English language and literature and in digital humanities. He is the director of the Cotton Nero A.x. Project, which aims to create an electronic edition of the famous 14th century manuscript containing the only known copies of the Middle English poems Pearl, Cleanness, Patience, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Research Activities: 

The Gawain Poems: A Linguistic Study

The project seeks to examine the language used in British Library MS Cotton Nero A.x. (art.3), the famous unique manuscript of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and three other poems commonly thought to be by the same author. The examination will be based on the text established in the Cotton Nero A.x. Project critical editions, gawain-­‐, which will be complete at the time the Fellowship begins. These new critical editions form a solid basis on which to examine the phonology, orthography, morphology, syntax, and lexicon of the Middle English dialect in which the poems are written. Two main products of this research are envisaged: a review of the phonology, orthography, morphology, and syntax of the poems, to be published as a longish chapter among the introductory chapters to the online manuscript facsimile (gawain-­‐;; and a lemmatized glossarial index and concordance to the poems.

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