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qwallath

Qwallath

Hi, I'm Oscar, a historical linguist from the Netherlands who also likes to write about music, games, and history. Check out my longer blog posts and other writings on Sub Specie.

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Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo
Mary Douglas
Signs: an Introduction to Semiotics
Thomas A. Sebeok, Marcel Danesi
Language and Space
Lynn Nadel, Mary A. Peterson, Paul Bloom

Mariken van Nieumeghen (Facsimile and Text)

Mariken van Nieumeghen (Facsimile and Text) - Anonymous,  A.L. Verhofstede,  J. van Mierlo,  Luc Debaene Ignore the ~2-star average, as it's the result of forcing this Middle Dutch piece on high school students, regardless of whether they're interested in the Middle Ages or not.

Mariken is a fascinating tale of despair, witchcraft, devilry, faith and redemption. Like many of its contemporaries, the rhyming verses are colloquial, and often funny and explicit.

This particular edition is nice because of its facsimile reproduction of one of the most important print editions of the tale from the early 16th century, so one can compare the transliteration with the original pages.