The Language of Landscape (LangScape) is an on-line searchable database of Anglo-Saxon estate boundaries, descriptions of the countryside made by the Anglo-Saxons themselves. It provides a point of departure for the exploration of the English landscape and its place-names in the period before the Norman Conquest.
At LangScape's core is a comprehensive corpus of boundary surveys drawn up in charters during the Anglo-Saxon period and surviving in manuscripts dating from the 8th to the 18th centuries; each text has been checked against its manuscript source or been freshly transcribed and is available on the website in both semi-diplomatic and edited form, together with a word-for-word translation.
Extensive XML-TEI mark-up allows concordances to be produced (for example of all the springs, ploughed fields or salt routes mentioned in the boundaries or of linguistic features within the texts). The location of the estates containing these features can then be displayed on maps. Accompanying descriptive data adds information about the charters in which the boundary surveys occur.
LangScape includes an Old English Tutorial geared at encouraging users to engage with the texts in their original language.
This is the 0.9 version of LangScape, released October 2008.
The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and is based in the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King's College London