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L1 Interference In The Editing Process: Felix Liebermann, The Gesetze And The German Language

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The publication of Felix Liebermann's monumental, 3-volume, 1800- page Gesetze der Angelsachsen started in the form of instalments in 1898 and was completed 18 years later. Liebermann did not, however, simply print the individual texts as they were presented in the manuscripts, but incorporated editorial signals as to where and how the manuscripts differed. This chapter aims to shed some light on how Liebermann's German-language background on the one hand and certain linguistic assumptions about Old English, the transmission of manuscripts, the presumed (in)competence of scribes, etc. on the other have influenced the Gesetze. we should acknowledge not only that many editions of text languages are not only rather normative but also provisional. As revolutionary as Liebermann's edition of the Gesetze was a hundred years ago, "definitive" it is not.

Keywords: Felix Liebermann; German-language; Gesetze der Angelsachsen ; Old English



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