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Institute for Linguistics and Language Studies

Languages of Early Britain

Date: 21 May 2009
Venue: Whitworth Council Chamber, University of Manchester
Organiser: Stephen Laker

Linguistic fields: Historical linguistics, language contact
Languages: Germanic, Celtic, Italic, Pictish


The University of Manchester Institute of Linguistics and Language Studies is hosting a one-day workshop devoted to current research on the languages of Early Britain.

The event aims to foster an exchange of ideas between postgraduate as well as established researchers of differing specializations who have a shared interest in the linguistic situation in Britain during the Late Roman and Early Medieval periods.

Programme (provisional)

9.15 - 9.30 Opening
9.30 - 10.15 Katrin Thier (Oxford): 'Language and technology: Some examples from seafaring, Germanic and Celtic'

10:15 -11.00

Philip Shaw (Sheffield): 'Hredmonað, Hlyda, Rugern: in search of Anglo-Saxon month-names'
11:00 -11:45 Alderik Blom (Cambridge): 'The Welsh Glosses in the Vocabularium Cornicum: identification and Interpretation'
11.45 -1:00 Lunch
1.00 - 1.45 Guto Rhys (Glasgow): 'Towards a phonology of northern Brittonic'
1:45 - 2:30 Stephen Laker (Manchester): 'Early Brittonic influence on English phonology'
2:30 - 3:15 Peter Trudgill (Adger): 'Old English, Late British, Old Norse: what really happened?'
3:15 - 3:45 Coffee
3.45 - 5.00 Paul Russell (Cambridge): 'Latin and British in Roman and sub-Roman Britain: some questions of morphology'

Further contact details

Anyone wishing to attend Languages of Early Britain should get in touch with Stephen Laker (Stephen.Laker@manchester.ac.uk) as soon as possible: seating capacity is limited, due in part to the fact that several seats are reserved for Manchester postgraduate students.