Textual Manifestations Workshop

Medieval English in a Multilingual Context Network – Textual Manifestations Workshop (University of Bristol, 15th July 2019)

The primary aim of this AHRC-funded network (April 2018-April 2020), led by Dr Sara M. Pons-Sanz (Cardiff University) and Prof. Louise Sylvester (University of Westminster), is to bring together scholars working on the various effects that language contact had on medieval English (the lexis and the morpho-syntax of the language, its literary heritage, the mass of non-literary documents that survive from the medieval period and the manuscript evidence), in order to facilitate dialogue across (sub)disciplines in linguistics, and cultural and textual studies and to reconceptualise old problems in new terms, thanks to advances in neighbouring fields. We hope to develop and reshape current views on medieval speakers’ experience of multilingualism, and on the impact that it had on the linguistic development of medieval English and its textual manifestations.

In order to achieve this aim, we plan to hold three one-day workshops and a final two-day conference. The third workshop, to be held at the U. of Bristol on Monday 15th of July 2019, will focus on the textual representations of medieval multilingualism, which will be discussed in relation to a number of issues, such as:

  1. the ways in which the economics of cultural production and contemporary attitudes towards multilingualism influenced its textual representation in relation to language choice, spelling and paleographical practices, code-switching and the stylistic exploitation of loans;
  2. the interaction of contemporary audiences with multilingual texts or texts written in a different vernacular language;
  3. the best ways to edit multilingual medieval texts.

Further details of the workshop are as follows:

Time: 9.45am – 4.30pm

Venue: Faculty of Arts, University of Bristol; 3/5 Woodland Road (room G5), Bristol, BS8 1TB

Structure: Members of the network have been asked to prepare short presentations about their work in connection with the focus of the workshop. They will be followed by three slightly longer presentations:

  • Mareike Keller: ‘Switching Languages with Style: The Influence of Language Attitudes on Code-Switching Practices in Medieval Sermons’
  • Peter Stokes: ‘Multilingualism and Multigraphism: Some Theoretical and Practical Considerations’
  • Helen Fulton: ‘Editing Medieval Texts in a Multilingual Context: The Case of Welsh Poetry’

After the presentations there will be a round-table discussion about how best to move the field forward and avenues for future collaboration.

Financial help: The Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature has very kindly granted us some money to help postgraduate students and unwaged postdoctoral researchers attend the workshop. If you would like to apply for a grant, please fill in the application form and send it to memc@cardiff.ac.uk by Friday 28th of June 2019. We hope to make a decision by Monday 1st of July.

If you would like to join us and do not require financial help, please get in touch for catering purposes (memc@cardiff.ac.uk). We will be able to accommodate up to approx. 10 people, and places will be released in the order we receive the requests.

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