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Name: Robert  McColl  Millar
Institution: University of Aberdeen
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State and/or Country: United Kingdom   
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Documentation
Specialty: Language in Scotland, early Middle English
Subject Language(s): English, Middle
Selected Publications: Articles

'A Possible Etymology for Scots smirr 'traces of rain in the wind', Notes and Queries 239 (1994), pp.312-4.

'Ambiguity in Function: Old English ^ft and the Demonstrative Systems of La3amon's Brut', Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 95 (1994), pp.415-32.

'Ambiguity in Ending and Form, 'Reinterpretation' in the Demonstrative Systems of La3amon's Brut', Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 96 (1995), pp. 145-68.

''Why is Lebanon called The Lebanon?': some suggestions for the grammatical and socio-political reasonings behind the use or non-use of the with the names of nation states in English', Notes and Queries 241 (1996), pp.22-7.

'Gaelic-influenced Scots in pre-Revolutionary Maryland,' in P. Sture Ureland and Iain Clarkson (eds.), Language contact across the North Atlantic (Tuebingen, 1996), 387-410.

'Some patterns in the non-historical demonstrative realisation of the Peterborough Chronicle annals 1070-1121,' Notes and Queries 242 (1997), 161-4.


With Alex Nicholls, 'Flfric's De Initio Creaturae and London, British Library, Cotton Vespasian A.xxii: omission, addition, retention and innovation'.

'English a koineoid? Some suggestions for reasons behind the creoloid-like features of a language which is not a creoloid'.

'Some suggestions for explaining the origin and development of the definite article in English'.

With the assistance of Dauvit Horsbroch: 'Covert and Overt Language Attitudes to the Scots Tongue expressed in the Statistical Accounts of Scotland'.

'Some topographical and cultural patterns observable in the lexical/semantic structure of Scots'.

In Preparation:

'Paradigm fissure: the 'simple' demonstrative pronouns of the late Old English and early Middle English periods'.

With Dauvit Horsbroch: 'Attitudes to Scots in the Statistical Accounts of Scotland'


I am at present writing System Collapse, System Rebirth: The Demonstrative Systems of English 900-1400 and the Birth of the Definite Article.

Dictionary Fascicles

Contributions to:

The Letter F, the fourth fascicle of the Dictionary of Old English (Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto, 1992).

Beon, by Matti Kilpio, supplement to The Dictionary of Old English, attested spellings by Robert Millar using the materials assembled by Haruko Momma (Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto, 1992).

The Letter A, the fifth fascicle of The Dictionary of Old English (Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto, 1994).


Charles Jones, Grammatical Gender in English 950-1250 (New York, 1988), reviewed in Notes and Queries 236 (1991).

Anneli Meurman-Solin, Variation and Change in Early Scottish Prose (Helsinki, 1993), reviewed in Notes and Queries 240 (1994).
Announced on LINGUIST :  Language, Nation and Power
 Language, Nation and Power
 Northern and Insular Scots
 Trask's Historical Linguistics
 Authority and Identity
 Lexical Variation and Attrition in the Scottish Fishing Communities
Courses Taught: Level I: Language in Literature
Level II: Introduction to Language and Linguistics
History of Language in the British Isles
Honours: Introduction to Sociolinguistics
A Social and Cultural History of the English Language
Contributions to Masters courses on the Sociolinguistics of Scotland and Ireland
Reviewer of: Language Description: Price, ed. (2000) (LL Issue 12.1611)
Syntax: Fischer, van Kemenade, Koopman & van der Wurff (2000) (LL Issue 12.988)
The Development of Old English (LL Issue 26.3042)
Typology: Haspelmath (2001) (LL Issue 12.2296)

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