Old Northumbrian in the Scottish Borders: evidence from place-names

Hough, C. (2022) Old Northumbrian in the Scottish Borders: evidence from place-names. In: Los, B., Cummins, C., Gotthard, L., Honkapohja, A. and Molineaux, B. (eds.) English Historical Linguistics: Historical English in Contact. John Benjamins Publishing Company: Amsterdam, pp. 75-95. ISBN 9789027210654 (doi: 10.1075/cilt.359.05hou)

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Recovering the Earliest English Language in Scotland: Evidence from place-names (REELS) is a research project funded for three years by The Leverhulme Trust at the University of Glasgow: http://​berwickshire​-placenames​.glasgow​.ac​.uk/. The project team is using a place-name survey of the historical county of Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders, the heartland of Anglo-Saxon settlement in Scotland from the seventh to eleventh centuries, to investigate the Northumbrian dialect of Old English and its development into Older Scots. The place-name data are being analysed for evidence of the lexis, semantics, morphology and phonology of Old Northumbrian, a language variety poorly attested in other (written and epigraphic) sources. This chapter presents some discoveries from the ongoing project, alongside a discussion of the strengths and limitations of place-name evidence in this context.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hough, Professor Carole
Authors: Hough, C.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Journal Name:English Historical Linguistics
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing Company
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