LINGUIST List 24.1365

Wed Mar 20 2013

Confs: Middle English, Historical Linguistics/Spain

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Date: 20-Mar-2013
From: Juan Camilo Conde Silvestre <>
Subject: 8th International Conference on Middle English
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8th International Conference on Middle English Short Title: ICOME 8

Date: 02-May-2013 - 04-May-2013 Location: Murcia, Spain Contact: J Camilo Conde Silvestre Contact Email: < click here to access email > Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English, Middle

Meeting Description:

The 8th International Conference on Middle English (ICOME 8) will be hosted by the English Department at the University of Murcia (Spain) in May 2013 (from Thursday 2 May to Saturday 4 May). ICOME 8 is co-organized with members of the Universities of Málaga and Jaén and it continues the series of successful ICOME conferences held at Rydzyna (1994), Helsinki (1997), Dublin (1999), Vienna (2002), Naples (2005), Cambridge (2008) and Lviv (2011). As its predecessors, ICOME 8 will include sessions on different aspects of Middle English language and texts, with historical linguistic, philological-textual or literary orientations.

The following plenary speakers have kindly confirmed their participation:

Herbert Schendl (University of Vienna)
Terttu Nevalainen (University of Helsinki)
Vincent Gillespie (Oxford University)
Mª José López Couso (University of Santiago de Compostela)

Registration for the conference is now open at

Provisional Conference Programme:

Thursday, 2 May


Opening ceremony

Plenary session 1:

Herbert Schendl (University of Vienna, Austria)
Multilingualism, multilingual texts and language shift in late Medieval England


Paper session 1: Languages in contact in Middle English

Melanie Borchers (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
‘Que ma lange lor est salvaige’: The status of French in Medieval England

Janne Skaffari (University of Turku, Finland)
Vbi est tesaurus: Patterns of code-switching in post-conquest texts

Laura Wright (University of Cambridge, UK)
Middle English wills - whose language?

Angelika Lutz (University of Erlangen, Germany)
The stratal role of the Old Norse loans in Middle English: New questions and explanations

Paper session 2: Middle English syntax

Francisco Alonso Almeida & Elena Quintana Toledo (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain)
The status of may in Middle English medical writing

Artur Bartnik (Catholic University of Lublin, Poland)
Headless free relatives in Old English

Andrzej Łęcki (University of KraKow, Poland)
Purposive so that in Middle English

Reiko Ito (Tokiwa University, Japan)
The French influence on multiple negation in Middle English: A corpus-based study


Paper session 3: Middle Scots

Ragnhild Ljosland (University of the Highlands and Islands, UK)
The establishment of Middle Scots in the Orkney Islands

Keith Williamson (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Historical dialectological remarks on the Scottish legends on the Saints in Cambridge University Library, MS GG.II.6

Eva Zehentner (University of Vienna, Austria)
-And vs. -ing: An account of non-finite constructions in Middle Scots

Paper session 4: Middle English syntax: word order

Mª Francisca Buys Lerma (Open University, Málaga, Spain) & Concha Castillo (University of Málaga, Spain)
On the V2 type that disappears in ME

Ireneusz Kida (University of Silesia, Poland)
A corpus-based analysis of the dynamism of word order changes in the Middle English period

Theo Vennemann (University of Munich, Germany)
On the rise of VO and SV order in Middle English


Plenary session 2:

Terttu Nevalainen (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Sociolinguistic perspectives on variation in late Middle English

Friday, 3 May

Paper session 5: Middle English literary texts

Minako Nakayasu (Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Japan)
Spatio-temporal systems in A Treatise on the Astrolabe

Matti Peikola (University of Turku, Finland)
Liturgical paratexts: Old Testament lectionaries in Middle English New Testaments

Liliana Sikorska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland)
’Lordinges’, he seyd ‘what to red? / Me haþ ben don a gret misdeede’ or On pride and prejudice in The King of Tars

Kristin Lynn Cole (Penn State York University, USA)
Did William Langland write William of Palerne?: An exercise in forensic metrics

Paper session 6: Middle English morphology

Ryuichi Hotta (Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan)
The representativeness of the Laeme Corpus and word frequency in early Middle English with special reference to the lexical diffusion of -s pluralisation

Paulina Kolasińska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland)
Late 11th and 12th century English morphology

Nicole Studer-Joho (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
3inc and gunker: On Middle English oblique forms of the second person dual pronoun with initial /j/

Takahiro Yamasaki (Chuo University, Japan)
The survival of /n/ in min(e) and þin(e) in the language of Hand I of the Auchinleck Manuscript


Plenary session 3:

Vincent Gillespie (Oxford University, UK)
Fatherless books: Authorship, attribution and orthodoxy in later Medieval England

Paper session 7: Middle English phonology and morphology

Gyöngyi Werthmüller (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary)
Final -e in Gower’s and Chaucer’s monosyllabic premodifiers: A grammatical/metrical analysis

Raymond Hickey (U. of Duisburg and Essen, Germany)
Language contact and the sound system of Middle English: A reassessment

Donka Minkova (U. of California at Los Angeles, USA)
Did the principles of syllabification change in Middle English?

Roger Lass (University of Cape Town, South Africa) & Margaret Laing (University of Edinburgh, UK)
The early Middle English reflexes of Germanic *ik - unpacking the changes

Paper session 8: Editing and manuscript studies

Nils-Lennart Johannesson (Stockholm University, Sweden)
‘Alphabetum anglicum’: An analysis of the Runic alphabet in the Ormulum MS

David Moreno Olalla (University of Málaga, Spain)
On a colophon of Oxford, Bodleian Library Additional A. 106 - again!

José Francisco Martín Del Pozo (University of Málaga, Spain)
Some linguistic features of Henry Daniel’s De Urinis (British Library MS Sloane 340)


Paper session 9: Middle English dialects

Mª José Carrillo Linares (University of Huelva, Spain)
The investigation of lexical variation as a means to identify genealogical relationships: The case of The Prick of Conscience

Marcelle Cole, Julia Fernández Cuesta, Christopher Langmuir & Nieves Rodríguez Ledesma (University of Seville, Spain)
The Northern Subject Rule: From Old English to Modern English

Hanna Rutkowska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland)
Late medieval dialectal spellings in the early sixteenth-century editions of The Kalender of Shepherdes

Merja Stenroos & Kjetil V. Thengs (University of Stavanger, Norway)
Middle English legal documents and the geography of written dialects

Paper session 10: Middle English semantics

Michael Bilynsky (Ivan Franko Lviv National University, Ukraine)
The diachronic reshuffling of constituents in the oed-reflected (de)verbal synonymy for Middle English

Rafał Molencki (University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland)
The competition between purvey and provide in late Middle English

Maria Volkonskaya (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia)
On the origins and functions of synonyms in Middle English alliterative poetry

Bozena Duda (University of Rzeszow, Poland)
There are wenches and sluts, but no traces of cats or bats: On characteristics of the Middle English conceptualisation patterns within the conceptual category fallen woman


Plenary session 4:

María José López-Couso (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
Exploring linguistic accretion: Middle English as a testing ground

Business meeting and closing ceremony

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