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Ethnolinguistics, Cultural Change and Early Scripts from England and Wales


Jacek Mianowski

The study presents a chronotope of linguistic and cultural changes that took place in England and Wales between the 4th and 8th centuries. It encompasses the areas of South Wales and Eastern England and describes the cultural practices of preliterate Anglo-Saxon and Celtic speech communities and their adaptation of runic, ogham and Latin scripts.

The study is based on the concepts of anthropological linguistics, ethnography of communication and discourse analysis. It incorporates 23 selected ogham- and Latin-inscribed stones from Wales, and 10 rune-inscribed everyday objects from England. The presented inscriptions were designed as text occurrences with well-planned, graphical content distribution, intentionally placed in the public space to increase the range of their potential audience.

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The author would like to sincerely thank the following people and institutions:

Professors Judith Jesch and Christina Lee (University of Nottingham) — for inspiring talks, guidance and invaluable aid in the course of my research in Nottingham,

Professor Adam Jaworski (Cardiff University, The University of Hong Kong) — for his kind help in conducting fieldwork in the Welsh landscape,

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