IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 501: New Approaches to Anglo-Norse Language Contact

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Viking Society for Northern Research
Organiser:Alison Finlay, Department of English & Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Alison Finlay, Department of English & Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London
Paper 501-a'Now after their examples': Reassessing the English Question in the Prologue of the First Grammatical Treatise
(Language: English)
Nikolas Gunn, Department of English & Related Literature, University of York
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Rhetoric
Paper 501-bÆlfric's Excerptiones in Iceland: Accounting for Possible Influences of Old English Grammatical Texts on Icelandic Learned Literature
(Language: English)
Ryder Patzuk-Russell, Department of History, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Rhetoric
Paper 501-cLinguistic Give and Take: Anglo-Scandinavian Interaction in Minor Place-Names from North-West England
(Language: English)
Eleanor Rye, School of English, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Onomastics
Abstract

This session will showcase new research into the relationship between the English and Norse languages in the Early and High Middle Ages. The interaction of these two closely related vernaculars raises important questions relating to lexical borrowing, mutual intelligibility, and the process of both spoken and written translation. The individual papers focus on the following topics: the translation of Ælfric’s works in Iceland, the level of Old Norse lexical borrowing in English place-names, and how Germanic speakers viewed the relationship between their languages.