IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1626: Multilingualism in the Hanseatic World

Thursday 12 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Leeds Studies in English
Organiser:Alaric Hall, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
Moderator/Chair:Alan V. Murray, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 1626-aMultilingualism and Literacy in the Medieval Baltic Sea Region: A Military Approach
(Language: English)
Mart L├Ątte, Institute of History & Archeology, University of Tartu
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Literacy and Orality, Military History
Paper 1626-bEconomic Profit and Political Ignorance: Knowing Russian in the Medieval Baltic
(Language: English)
Anti Selart, Institute of History & Archaeology, University of Tartu
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Language and Literature - Slavic
Paper 1626-c'Norwegianisms' in 14th-Century Iceland
(Language: English)
Alaric Hall, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Literacy and Orality
Abstract

The session aims to open up a new dialogue on multilingualism in the history of the Baltic Sea/Hanseatic region – one of Europe’s most linguistically diverse areas – in the Middle Ages. It brings together perspectives on the use and interaction of Slavonic, Finnic, Scandinavian, and German languages; the economic and political forces which promoted language-choices; and the methods by which we can try to access the history of spoken communication through sparse written records.