8th International Conference on

Middle English




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8th International Conference on Middle English


2-4 May 2013, University of Murcia


Conference Programme (click to download document in pdf)

Thursday, 2nd May (morning and afternoon)





Registration (Faculty of Arts, Hemiciclo)




Opening ceremony (Faculty of Arts, Hemiciclo)


Plenary session 1: (Faculty of Arts, Hemiciclo)

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

J. Camilo Conde-Silvestre


Coffee break


Paper session 1: (Faculty of Arts, Hemiciclo)

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

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

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

Chair: Juan M. Hernández-Campoy

Paper session 2: (Faculty of Arts, Sala Jorge Guillén)

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 (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland)
Headless free relatives in Old English

Andrzej Łęcki (Pedagogical University of Cracow, 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

Chair: Alejandro Alcaraz


Lunch (offered by the University of Murcia): Faculty of Law, Old Cloister


Thursday, 2nd May (afternoon and evening)



Paper session 3: (Faculty of Arts, Hemiciclo)

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

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

Chair: J. Camilo Conde


Paper session 4: (Faculty of Arts, Sala Jorge Guillén)

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


Chair: Javier Calle


Coffee break


Plenary session 2: (Faculty of Arts, Hemiciclo)

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

Chair:  J. Manuel Hernández-Campoy


Guided tour of Murcia



Friday, 3rd May (morning and afternoon)



Paper session 5: (Faculty of Arts, Hemiciclo)

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

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

Chair: Alejandro Alcaraz


Coffee break


Plenary session 3: (Faculty of Arts, Hemiciclo)

Vincent Gillespie ( Oxford University, UK)
Fatherless Books: Authorship, Attribution and Orthodoxy in Later Medieval England

Chair: Javier Calle


Paper session 6: (Faculty of Arts, Hemiciclo)

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

Chair: Nila Vázquez

Paper session 7: (Faculty of Arts, Sala Jorge Guillén)

A Middle English miscellany

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

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

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

Laura Esteban-Segura (University of Murcia, Spain)
The Malaga POS Tagger of Middle English: A description and assessment



Chair: Teresa Marqués





Friday, 3rd May (afternoon and evening)



Paper session 8: (Faculty of Arts, Hemiciclo)

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

• Mª Nieves Rodríguez Ledesma (University of Seville, Spain)
The Northern Subject Rule in first person singular contexts in 14th and 15th-century Scots texts

Chair: Teresa Marqués

Paper session 9: (Faculty of Arts, Sala Jorge Guillén)

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

Chair: Laura Esteban




Plenary session 4: (Faculty of Arts, Hemiciclo)

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

Chair: Nila Vázquez


Business meeting and closing ceremony (Faculty of Arts, Hemiciclo)


Conference dinner (Hispano restaurant)




Saturday, 4th May


Guided tour of Cartagena



Information and contact: icome8@um.es



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University of Murcia, 2-4 May 2013

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