"Testifying to Language and Life in Early Modern England" examines various
aspects of the witness depositions comprising "An Electronic Text Edition of
Depositions 1560–1760" (ETED) on the accompanying CD-ROM.ETED
combines modern corpus linguistic methodology and editorial theory, and
makes available faithful transcriptions of 905 depositions drawn from
manuscripts from different areas of early modern England. The depositions,
which total c. 267,000 words, cover testimony by men and women of different
ages and social strata. In order to cater to a variety of uses and users, the
ETED CD-ROM provides the depositions in five electronic formats (XML,
resolved XML, HTML, TXT and PDF), as well as a data retrieval program and
a number of support files.
The book explores the genre, the socio-historical and legal background, and
the language of depositions. Together with the book, ETED constitutes a
significant resource for researchers of corpus linguistics, historical
pragmatics and historical sociolinguistics, and for social and legal historians.