BA in English Literature, University of Sheffield, 2015; MA in Medieval Studies, University of York, 2016
Graham Williams, Charlotte Steenbrugge
Historical Pragmatics; Anglo Norman; Middle English; Language Pedagogy; Language Contact
My PhD research is focused on the pragmatic status of Anglo Norman in relation to Middle English, specifically in (im)politeness modes, as evidenced in a group of late-medieval pedagogical dialogues, the 'Manières de Langage'. Of interest to this study is how swear words and coarse phrases found in the 'Manières de Langage' are exchanged between Anglo Norman and Middle English, and how such terms develop during the high and late Middle Ages. Following on from this, I am also interested in the role of irony and humour as a pedagogical device used by these dialogues. My research, broadly speaking, argues for view a bidirectional channel of influence between Middle English and Anglo Norman, and suggests a similar trajectory of pragmatic development in certain conversational behaviours.
‘Some evidence for bloody as an Anglo-Norman intensifier’, Notes and Queries (forthcoming); ‘Blasphemous oaths in Middle English and Anglo French: a pragmatic perspective’, Linguistics Vanguard special issue: Historical language contact in English and beyond, (submitted).
|Teaching||ELL118 Early Englishes; EGH607 Research Methods|