In this paper 37 seventeenth-century English travelogues of Italy are presented and lexically analysed as a first step in a project that aims to account for and exhaustively examine, from a linguistic point of view, all the travelogues issued in English about Italy in the seventeenth century. These travelogues were acquired from Early English Books Online. The paper first provides an overview of the travelogues to give an indication of the number and dates of the works, along with the names of their authors. Secondly, the structure and contents of these travelogues is examined in order to outline their characteristic typology. Thirdly and lastly, a corpus linguistic analysis of a sample of the travelogues shows the most frequent lexical elements used by the English travelers to describe Italy, which in those days was seen as both the cherished heir of classical antiquity and the abhorred land of popery.
Selected Proceedings of the 2012 Symposium on New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (HEL-LEX 3)
edited by R. W. McConchie, Teo Juvonen, Mark Kaunisto, Minna Nevala, and Jukka Tyrkkö
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