IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 228: Crossing Linguistic Borders: Names in Contact, I

Monday 6 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Michelle Waldispühl, Institutionen för språk och litteraturer Göteborgs Universitet
Moderator/Chair:Michelle Waldispühl, Institutionen för språk och litteraturer Göteborgs Universitet
Paper 228-aNames on the Borders: Names in Contact
(Language: English)
Ludwig Rübekeil, Deutsches Seminar, Universität Zürich
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Onomastics
Paper 228-bConsidering Norse-English Contact as Dialect Contact: A Useful Approach for Understanding Scandinavian Place-Names in England?
(Language: English)
Eleanor Rye, Institute for Name-Studies, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Onomastics
Paper 228-cGermanisation of Toponyms after a Medieval Language Shift in Eastern Switzerland (Including a Parallel Study about Cornish)
(Language: English)
Elia Ackermann, Deutsches Seminar Universität Zürich
Index terms: Language and Literature - Celtic, Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - German, Onomastics
Abstract

In the course of migration processes and social mobility in the Middle Ages, speakers of different languages, dialects, and sociolects met, which led to a large variety of linguistic contact effects. Within the broad framework of ‘Historical Language Contact and Multilingualism’, this session-pair focuses on a linguistic category often neglected in contact linguistic studies: the names. Names do not only often show a different grammatical contact behaviour than appellatives, but they also more apparently reflect sociolinguistic aspects of contact situations. The papers in this first session address theoretical and methodological principles of contact onomastics whereas in the second session, medieval attestations of names in contact zones are discussed.