Language Contact and Development around the North Sea

| University of Stavanger
| Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki
| University of Stavanger
ISBN 9789027248398 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027274663 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
This volume brings together eleven studies on the history of language and writing in the North Sea area, with focus on contacts and interchanges through time. Its range spans from the investigation of pre-Germanic place-names to present-day Shetland; the materials studied include glosses, legal and trade documents as well as place names and modern dialects. The volume is unique in its combination of linguistics and place-name studies with literacy studies, which allows for a very dynamic picture of the history of language contact and texts in the North Sea area. Different approaches come together to illuminate a major insight: the omnipresence of multilingualism as a context for language development and a formative characteristic of literacy. Among the contributors are experts on English, Nordic and German language history. The book will be of interest to a wide range of scholars and students working on the history of Northern European languages, literacy studies and language contact
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 321]  2012.  xvi, 235 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface & Acknowledgments
Editors’ introduction
Part I. The evidence of place-names
Celts in Scandinavian Scotland and Anglo-Saxon England: Place-names and language contact reconsidered
Carole Hough
The colonisation of England by Germanic tribes on the basis of place-names
Jürgen Udolph
Ancient toponyms in south-west Norway: Origin and formation
Inge Særheim
Part II. Code selection in written texts
On vernacular literacy in late medieval Norway
Jan Ragnar Hagland
Four languages, one text type: The neighbours’ books of Bryggen 1529–1936
Agnete Nesse
On variation and change in London medieval mixed-language business documents
Laura Wright
Part III. Linguistic developments and contact situations
Old English–Late British language contact and the English progressive
Kristin Killie
The Old English origins of the Northern Subject Rule: Evidence from the Lindisfarne gloss to the Gospels of John and Mark
Marcelle Cole
For Heaven’s sake: The Scandinavian contribution to a semantic field in Old and Middle English
Claudia DiSciacca
North Sea timber trade terminology in the Early Modern period: The cargo inventory for the White Lamb revisited
Marjorie Lorvik
‘Nornomania’ in the research on language in the Northern Isles
Gunnel Melchers
Index of subjects, terms & languages
“The volume is a valuable contribution to ongoing research into language contact and multilingualism in northern Europe. Many connections can be drawn between the different articles and sections of the volume. Scholars with special interests in the early Anglo-Saxon period, Celtic contacts, or Scandinavian influences on Northern English and Scots will find much of interest here.”
“Es handelt sich alles in allem gesehen um einen gelungenen und sehr lesenswerten Sammelband mit guten und z.T. auch zukunftsweisenden Beiträgen zum Thema Kommunikation und Schriftlichkeit im mittelalterlichen Nordseeraum.”
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2012002090 | Marc record