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Language and History, Linguistics and Historiography

Interdisciplinary Approaches


Edited By Nils Langer, Steffan Davies and Wim Vandenbussche

What are the points of contact between the study of language and the study of history? What are the possibilities for collaboration between linguists and historians, and what prevents it? This volume, the proceedings of an international conference held at the University of Bristol in April 2009, presents twenty-two articles by linguists and historians, exploring the relationship between the fields theoretically, conceptually and in practice. Contributions focus on a variety of European and American languages, in historical periods from the Middle Ages to the present day. Key themes at the intersection of these two disciplines are the standardization and classification of languages, the social and demographic history of medieval and early modern Europe, the study of language and history ‘from below’, and the function of language in modern politics. The value of interdisciplinary collaboration is demonstrated in a wide-ranging set of case studies, on topics including language contact in Northern and Central Europe, the relationship between peninsular and transatlantic Spanish, and new approaches to the recent histories of Nicaragua, Luxembourg and Bulgaria. The volume seeks out the interdependencies between the two fields and asks why exchanges between linguists and historians remain the exception rather than the rule.


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Notes on Contributors Lisa Carroll-Davis is studying for a PhD in Spanish at the University of Southampton, focusing on political discourse in Nicaragua during the 1980s. She was a researcher for the LINEE project under the sixth framework of the European Commission, where she examined the discursive relationship between nationalism and tourism materials in Cyprus. She is currently a Spanish Teaching Assistant at the University of Southampton. Steffan Davies is a Lecturer in German at the University of Bristol. He studied History and German at the University of Oxford, writing his doctoral thesis on the literary, cultural and historiographical treatment of Albrecht von Wallenstein in the ‘long nineteenth century’. José del Valle is Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at The Graduate Center – CUNY. His research specialisms include the history of Spanish between 1800–2000, in particular with regard to the language politics of Spanish nationalism and Panhispanism. He is currently coordinating and editing a new multi-authored book on the political history of Spanish. Rembert Eufe is a postdoctoral researcher and Lecturer in Romance Lin- guistics at the University of Regensburg. He obtained his PhD in 2004 at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München with a study of the use and status of Venetian during the Republic of Venice. He is currently working on personal and place names on Merovingian coins. Robert Evans was educated at Cambridge ( Jesus College) and became a lecturer at Oxford (and fellow of Brasenose College) from 1969. Since 1997 he has been Regius professor of History (and fellow...

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