Rosie Shute at JRRI

Posted on March 7, 2017 by

LEL alumna Rosie Shute, who graduated in 2012, will be at the John Rylands Research Institute this coming Thursday to give a talk on Quantifying Caxton – Taking a Digital Approach to Historical Spelling Variation. Rosie is now a PhD student at the University of Sheffield, and recently published an open-access paper on the effects of the printing process on fifteenth-century orthography in the journal English Studies.

The talk will be on Thursday 9th March at 5.30pm in the Christie Room of the John Rylands Library. Manchet hopes to see many of you there! Here’s the abstract:

William Caxton (c. 1422-91) began printing in England in 1476, publishing over one hundred texts throughout his lifetime. We tend to think that Caxton’s texts represent Caxton’s language; however this talk demonstrates the influence of the type-setter on the language of Caxton’s printed work, focusing on spelling in particular and drawing on methods from mathematics, computer science, and the history of the book.

You can also download a poster here.

Featured image: ‘Logic, Rhetoric, Arithmetic’ in Myrrour of the Worlde (Westminster: William Caxton, 1480). Rylands 3469, c4v-c5r ©The University of Manchester.