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Aspects of Medieval English Language and Literature

Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference of the Society of Historical English Language and Linguistics


Edited By Michiko Ogura and Hans Sauer

This volume is a collection of papers read at the International Medieval Congress at Leeds in 2017, in two sessions organized by the Institute of English Studies at the University of London and four sessions organized by the Society of Historical English Language and Linguistics. Contributions consist of poetry, prose, interlinear glosses, syntax, semantics, lexicology, and medievalism. The contributors employ a wealth of different approaches. The general theme of the IMC 2017 was ‘otherness’, and some papers fit this theme very well. Even when two researchers deal with a similar topic and arrive at different conclusions, the editors do not try to harmonize them but present them as they are for further discussion.

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JAVIER MARTÍN ARISTA is Professor of Old English and Linguistics at the University of La Rioja at Logroño, Spain, where he teaches Old English, English Syntax and English Historical Linguistics. He earned his PhD in English Studies from the University of Zaragoza and has visited at the universities of Sheffield (1996), Pennsylvania (1999), SUNY-Buffalo (1999), Amsterdam (2001), Toronto (2012) and York (2017). He has delivered lectures by invitation at several European, Asian, American and Austronesian universities, including Newcastle, Strathclyde, Sheffield Hallam, Queen Mary-London, Copenhagen, SDU-Odense, Toronto, Sheffield, Kirtipur-Kathmandu, Charles Prague, Dunedin and York. Javier has led several research projects focusing on linguistic aspects of Old English and is the principal investigator of the Nerthus Project (, which deals with Old English from a linguistic and lexicographical point of view and presents its results with standards of Digital Humanities. His recent publications include “The Old English Prefix Ge-: A Panchronic Reappraisal” (Australian Journal of Linguistics 32/4, 2013), “Recursivity, derivational depth and the search for Old English lexical primes” (Studia Neophilologica 85.1, 2013), “Noun layers in Old English. Asymmetry and mismatches in lexical derivation” (Nordic Journal of English Studies 13/3, 2014), and “El paradigm derivativo del inglés antiguo: alternancias, recursividad y desajustes en la formación basada en los verbos fuertes” (Onomazeín 37/4, 2017).

MAGDALENA BATOR completed her PhD at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, in 2008. A revised version of her dissertation “Obsolete Scandinavian loanwords in English” was published in 2010 by...

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