Language Contact and Development around the North Sea: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 321

Martti Mäkinen (Editor), Merja Stenroos (Editor), Inge Saerheim (Editor)

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This volume brings together eleven studies on the history of language and writing in the North Sea area, with focus on contacts and interchanges through time. Its range spans from the investigation of pre-Germanic place-names to present-day Shetland; the materials studied include glosses, legal and trade documents as well as place names and modern dialects. The volume is unique in its combination of linguistics and place-name studies with literacy studies, which allows for a very dynamic picture of the history of language contact and texts in the North Sea area. Different approaches come together to illuminate a major insight: the omnipresence of multilingualism as a context for language development and a formative characteristic of literacy. Among the contributors are experts on English, Nordic and German language history. The book will be of interest to a wide range of scholars and students working on the history of Northern European languages, literacy studies and language contact
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAmsterdam and Philadelphia
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages235
ISBN (Print)978 90 272 4839 8
ISBN (Electronic)978 90 272 7466 3
Publication statusPublished - 18.04.2012
MoE publication typeC2 Edited book

Publication series

NameCurrent Issues in Linguistic Theory
PublisherJohn Benjamins


  • 612,1 Languages
  • English linguistics
  • Historical linguistics
  • language contact
  • German linguistics
  • North Sea area
  • KOTA2012


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