IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1628: From Old English to Middle English, II: Reconsidering the Uses of Old English Texts in the Long 12th Century

Thursday 9 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Mark J. Faulkner, School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics, University of Sheffield
Rachel Fletcher, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
Moderator/Chair:Seán Vrieland, Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Københavns Universitet
Paper 1628-aThe Eadwine Psalter Lexicon
(Language: English)
Paulina Zagórska, Department of the History of English Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 1628-bThe Use of 'Ælfrician' Vocabulary in Two 12th-Century Texts
(Language: English)
Amos van Baalen, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 1628-cObsolescing Derivational Morphology and Lexical Change in Updated Old English
(Language: English)
Jan Čermák, Department of English, Univerzita Karlova, Praha
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Middle English
Abstract

The transition from Old to Middle English in the course of the long 12th century (c. 1050-1225) has been described as ‘the most dramatic change in the English language’, yet also as ‘the textual black hole’’ in its history. This is the second of three sessions examining language on the border between Old and Middle English. These papers interrogate what can be learned about this period from the many Old English texts recopied, studied and adapted in the twelfth century; they examine lexical corrections in the Eadwine Psalter gloss, the continued currency of ‘Ælfrician’ vocabulary in the 12th century, and changes in derivational morphology.