Interfaces between Language and Culture in Medieval England

A Festschrift for Matti Kilpiö


The twelve articles in this volume promote the growing contacts between historical linguistics and medieval cultural studies. They fall into two groups. One examines the interrelation in Anglo-Saxon England between Latin and vernacular language and culture, investigating language-contact between Old English and Latin, the extent of Latinity in early medieval Britain, Anglo-Saxons’ attitudes to Classical culture, and relationships between Anglo-Saxon and Continental Christian thought. Another group uses historical linguistics as a method in the wider cultural study of medieval England, examining syntactic change, dialect, translation and semantics to give us access to politeness, demography, and cultural constructions of colour, thought and time. The volume will be of particular interest to scholars of Anglo-Saxon culture and Middle English language.
Contributors are Olga Timofeeva, Alaric Hall, Seppo Heikkinen, Jesse Keskiaho, John Blair, Kathryn A. Lowe, Antonette DiPaolo Healey, Lilla Kopár, C. P. Biggam, Ágnes Kiricsi, Alexandra Fodor and Mari Pakkala-Weckström.
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Biographical Note

Alaric Hall, Ph.D. (2004) in English Language, University of Glasgow, is a lecturer in medieval English literature at the University of Leeds. He has written extensively on medieval Insular and Scandinavian language and culture.
Olga Timofeeva, candidate of sciences in philology (2005), St Petersburg State University, Russia, has just submitted her Ph.D. dissertation on Latin influence on Old English syntax to the University of Helsinki, Finland. She is a researcher at the Research Unit for Variation, Contacts and Change in English and a part-time instructor at the Department of English, University of Helsinki. Her scholarly interests include medieval translation and language contact.
Ágnes Kiricsi, Ph.D. (2006) in Medieval English Literature, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, is a lecturer at Károli Gáspár University in Budapest. Her main field of expertise is the concept of the mind in Anglo-Saxon and later medieval England.
Bethany Fox, B.A. Cantab. (Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, 2003), B.Sc. Open University (Geosciences, 2008), is a Ph.D. student in Geology at the University of Otago and author of 'The P-Celtic Place-Names of North-East England and South-East Scotland' ( The Heroic Age, 10).

Table of contents


Anglo-Latin Bilbingualism before 1066: Prospects and Limitations
Interlinguistic Communication in Bede's Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum
Quae non habet intellectum: The Disappearance of Fifth-Foot Spondees from Dactylic Hexameter Verse
The Representations of Emotions Connected to Dreams and Visions in Pre-Carolingian Continental and Anglo-Latin narratives
The Kirkdale Dedication Inscription and its Latin Models: romanitas in late Anglo-Saxon Yorkshire
Linguistic Geography, Demography, an dMonastic Community: Scribal Language at Bury St Edmunds
Sense and Sensibility: Old English Semantics and the Lexicographer's Point of View
Spatial Understanding of Time in Early Germanic Cultures: the Evidence of Old English Time Words and Norse Mythology
The Devleopment of the Basic Colour Terms of English
The Lexicon of Mind and Memory: Mood and Mind in Old and Middel English
Another Subordinator, An't Please You: A Diachronic Study of Conditional
Translating Chaucer's Power Play into Modern English and Finnish



Medievalists and historical linguists, particularly Anglo-Saxonists. The collection will also be of interest to Classicists and theologians.


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