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Libri vitae as a source for historical sociolinguistic research

Research profile seminar, Lecture

Lecture within the research area Language in Society, Department of Languages and Literatures. All interested are welcome!


Our paper explores the potential of using a historical sociolinguistic approach to the lists of personal names in medieval Libri vitæ. So far, these lists have been of interest mainly in historical and onomastic studies, here with a focus on name etymology and personal naming practices. Both the linguistics of the names and sociolinguistic perspectives remain to date underexplored.

We present possible research questions, methodological challenges and some preliminary results on the basis of two examples, the Libri vitæ of Thorney Abbey and Reichenau. Our main interest lies in the modeling and explanation of linguistic variation in the names, and our particular focus in this presentation lies on the status of the respective involved languages and in conclusions we can draw about writing traditions in general and scribal training and practices in particular.

Lecturer: Michelle Waldispühl, Göteborgs universitet och Christine Wallis, University of Sheffield

Date: 11/22/2019

Time: 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Categories: Linguistics, Humanities, Research, Language

Organizer: institutionen för språk och litteraturer

Location: Faculty of Arts, Lundgrensgatan 1B

Contact person: Michelle Waldispühl

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