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Prof. Marta Sylwanowicz

She studied at the University of Warsaw, Institute of English Studies, where she was awarded a doctoral degree in 2004. Marta specializes in English historical linguistics, her main publications are on the English medical terminology of the medieval and early modern period. In her recent studies, the author, together with Prof. Magdalena Bator (University of Social Sciences, Warsaw), concentrated on the evolution of English culinary and medical recipes in the 14th and 17th centuries (a study financed by the National Science Centre in Poland). The project combines such disciplines as text typology, semantics, lexicology, syntax, dialectology and sociolinguistics, all handled from the synchronic and diachronic points of view.

Author of about 20 publications and a guest reviewer for international journals. At present, she is working on a monograph devoted to Middle English names of pharmaceutical preparations. The results of her studies have been presented at international conferences held in Poland and abroad: Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, the UK (Oxford and Cambridge), and the USA.

Old and Middle English Sickness-nouns in Historical Perspective. Lexico-Semantic Analysis.

The monograph aims at filling a long-existing gap in English historical linguistics by offering a comprehensive account of the semantic development of Old and Middle English synonyms of the term sickness, and an examination of possible conditioning factors leading to the loss of Anglo-Saxon lexical items, presented within the context of previous research on the semantic change in general, and theoretical and practical discussion of English medieval medicine, in particular. Analyzing the origin and meaning of the terms within the overall structure of the lexical field, the author also considers different chronological layers of the sickness-nouns and the explicatory techniques used by the scribe when presenting those terms to their reader. The book will be of interest to lexicologists, scholars interested in historical language for specialized purposes, as well as historians of medicine.

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Stefan Karwowski

Dr. Anna Drogosz received her doctorate from the Department of English, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, and is currently employed at the University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn, Poland. Author of two monographs and thirty papers, she specializes in Cognitive Linguistics

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Cezary Baryka

Dr. Anna Drogosz received her doctorate from the Department of English, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, and is currently employed at the University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn, Poland. Author of two monographs and thirty papers, she specializes in Cognitive Linguistics

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Maurycy Mochnacki

Dr. Anna Drogosz received her doctorate from the Department of English, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, and is currently employed at the University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn, Poland. Author of two monographs and thirty papers, she specializes in Cognitive Linguistics