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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1228: Linguistic Borderlands, Speaking about Boundaries, III: Scripts, Semantics, and Understanding

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Roderick McDonald, Independent Scholar, Sheffield
Christine Wallis, School of English, University of Sheffield
Moderator/Chair:Rachel Fletcher, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
Paper 1228-aBilingualism and Biscriptality in Medieval Scandinavia
(Language: English)
Alessandro Palumbo, Department of Scandinavian Languages, Uppsala Universitet
Index terms: Epigraphy, Language and Literature - Latin, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1228-bMind the Gap: An Interdisciplinary Historical Semantic Study of Terms for Early Medieval London
(Language: English)
Lauren Stokeld, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 1228-cGlagolitic Script: Script as System of Medieval Symbols
(Language: English)
Milica Lukić, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences University of Osijek
Index terms: Language and Literature - Slavic, Mentalities, Philosophy

Script and text encode meaning at different levels. This panel looks at the ways that text, manuscript, and language function, and the way meaning can be bound in an array of contextual factors. Palumbo's paper is a sociolinguistic examination of blending of both Roman and runic script in medieval Scandinavian epigraphy, Stokeld compares the divergent semantics of the archaeological terms 'wic' and 'burh' with the Old English terms wic and burh, bringing the disciplines of archaeology and historical linguistics into dialogue, and Lukić examines Old Church Slavonic and the tripartite semiotics of the Glagolitic alphabet, where meaning is inscribed at multiple levels, including the symbolic.