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English, French, and the French of England: Late Medieval Encounters


Organised by Prof Richard Ingham, this one-day workshop at the University of Westminster, 9 September 2019, invites leading researchers to present recent work on aspects of French and English contact in the late medieval period. Speakers will examine multilingual and cultural interaction in the period when French served as a bridge to continental modes of though and expression.


10.15 Welcome

10.30 Louise Sylvester (University of Westminster): ‘Categorising bilingual lexis’

11.00 Marianne Ailes (University of Bristol): 'Transnational textual transmission: Anglo-Norman and continental France’

11.30 Jocelyn Wogan-Browne (Fordham University) ‘ “Cherchant toute Egypte pour les bons homes”: French as a World Language for Women in Late Medieval England’

12.00-12.30 Panel discussion

12.30-1.30 Lunch

1.30 Catherine Batt (University of Leeds): ‘The Language of Fourteenth-Century Prayer’

2.00 Jane Roberts (Institute of English Studies):  ‘Reconsidering Laȝamon’s loanwords from French’

2.30 Thomas Hinton (University of Exeter):  ‘Diglossia and Multilingualism in Medieval England

3.00-3.45 Panel discussion and tea

3.45 Catherine Léglu (University of Reading): ‘Consuming biblical texts: food and beasts in late-medieval insular French translation-adaptations of the Vulgate’

4.15 Liam Lewis (University of Warwick): ‘Language Contact with the Non-human and the Formation of Audience Subjectivity in the Tretiz by Walter de Bibbesworth’

4.45-5.15 Panel discussion 

5.15 Workshop concludes

To view the paper abstracts, please visit the workshop webpage.

For further information, contact Prof. Richard Ingham r.ingham@westminster.ac.uk.