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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Event Archive

Multilingual Practices in Manuscripts from the Long Twelfth Century

14th May 2019, 13:00, Seminar Room 3, History Department , Janne Skaffari (RRL Fellow)

Dr Janne Skaffari is a historical linguist working on the language and texts of post-Conquest England, with emphasis on code-switching between two or more languages and on other language-contact phenomena. In Durham, he has so far examined manuscripts from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries containing small amounts of English; these complement his earlier work focusing on Latin in English. Recent developments in historical multilingualism research suggest that we should look beyond words and sentences and also consider the manuscript context of the language-switches. The subject of the talk will be Latin and English in contact on the manuscript page.