27.3511, Calls: Historical Linguistics/USA

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Subject: 27.3511, Calls: Historical Linguistics/USA

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Date: Wed, 07 Sep 2016 15:45:27
From: Elly van Gelderen [ellyvangelderen at asu.edu]
Subject: Workshop on the Old English Glosses to the Lindisfarne Gospels

 
Full Title: Workshop on the Old English Glosses to the Lindisfarne Gospels 

Date: 26-May-2017 - 27-May-2017
Location: Tempe, AZ, USA 
Contact Person: Elly van Gelderen
Meeting Email: ellyvangelderen at asu.edu

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2017 

Meeting Description:

The Gospels are contained in an illuminated manuscript that was produced
around 700 in a monastery at Lindisfarne. It contains the text in Latin with
Old English glosses added above the Latin around 950. Arizona State University
has recently acquired a facsimile of the Lindisfarne Gospels and would like to
celebrate that with a workshop on the linguistic aspects of the Old English
glosses. 

The Lindisfarne Glosses are very important to our understanding of Old English
morphology and syntax. They reveal special insights, e.g. the absence of third
person null subjects (Berndt 1956; van Gelderen 2000), the early loss of
verbal inflection, and the (early) use of multiple negatives (Nagucka 1997).
The role of Latin is undeniable, in e.g. the word order, the use of reflexives
and other pronouns, but the Northumbrian grammar of the Glosses shines
through. Currently, the influence of Old Norse on the development of Middle
English pronouns and inflection is debated again and the Lindisfarne Glosses
are crucial in this debate (Moore & Marckwardt 1951: 95; Cole 2014ab) as is
the extent of Scandinavian loanwords (Pons-Sanz 2013). 

The year 2012 saw a workshop on the Glosses at the University of Westminster
that focused on the language as well as on the author and glossing practices
(Fernández Cuesta & Pons-Sanz 2016). The current workshop aims to focus on the
language and on what it reveals about external influences.


Call for Papers:

The current workshop aims to focus on the language of the Lindisfarne Gospels
and on what it reveals about external influences on Old English.

Abstracts on linguistic aspects of the glosses are invited to be sent to
ellyvangelderen at asu.edu. The deadline for submission is 15 January 2017.




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