Near relative linguistic contact: contrastive evidence from the history of English

Welcome to this week’s LangSoc lecture, given by Robert McColl Millar from the University of Aberdeen!

His abstract is as follows:
Most linguistic contact takes place between varieties which are, at most, distantly related to each other. Varieties which are closely related to each other do come into contact with each other, however. Are there differences in outcome between these two types of contact? Do all near relative contacts produce essentially the same results?
In order to address some of these issues, this paper will discuss the effects of two contacts between the same sources: English (taken in its broadest sense) and the North Germanic languages. The results of the contact between Old English and Viking Norse in the late Anglo-Saxon period will be contrasted with the contact between Norn and Scots in Orkney and Shetland in the Early Modern period.

Appleton Tower LT1 — 18:00 — Wednesday 21 October

Free for members, £2 for non-members.

As always, we’re adjourning to the pub afterwards — this time to Usher’s, which will hopefully be our permanent home from now on!

 

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    LECTURE: Near relative linguistic contact: contrastive evidence from the history of English

    18:00-19:30
    2015-10-21
    Appleton Tower, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Appleton Tower, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    This lecture will be given by Robert McColl Millar from the University of Aberdeen.

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