Preface The present volume is a selection of papers presented at the International Conference on Foreign Influences on Medieval English held in Warsaw on 12-13 December 2009 and organized by the School of English at the Warsaw Division of the Academy of Management in ód (Wysza Szkoa Przedsibiorczo ci i Zarzdzania). The Conference was attended by 60 scholars from Poland, USA, UK, Germany, Austria, Japan, Finland, Italy, Ukraine and Slovenia. 41 papers were delivered. They cover a wide range of topics concerning the area of language contact in Old and Middle English from orthography, morphology and syntax to word semantics and onomastics. Both the conference and the present volume have demonstrated the need for constant reviewing of issues which often seem to have been solved. Different views on the same topic could be heard during proceedings and can be found in contributions to this volume. Intensive research conducted in the field of language contact over the last twenty years has yielded new insights and fresh data which fully justifies revisions in established views and their dissemination. The aim of the conference was not to look for definite solutions in the area of linguistic borrowing but to look at some old and new problems and attempt new formulations which may lead to some improvements. If this has been accomplished in some way, the goal of the conference has been reached. Whether it is the case we leave to our readers to judge. It is our pleasure and duty to acknowledge the...
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