The Vikings in our Past
Winterbourne Medieval Barn
The Vikings in our Past - Tracing and Classifying the Scandinavian Heritage of English Words
2-4pm, The Cart Shed, Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne BS36 1SE
Dr Sara M. Pons-Sanz of Cardiff University explores the nature of the linguistic legacy that the Vikings left behind, what this can tell us about Viking-English relations, and how best to identify and classify Norse loans in English.
The English language is multicultural, with thousands of words having been borrowed from other languages, particularly Latin, French and Old Norse (the language of the Vikings). Some of the Old Norse words are so deeply integrated into the language that no-one would suspect that they have not always been part of English (e.g they, skull, window, happy, ugly, cast, take).
In this talk, we will explore the nature of the linguistic legacy that the Vikings left behind: the differences between Latin-, French- and Norse-derived words, what the latter can tell us about Viking-English relations and how best to identify and classify Norse loans in English.
n.b. The main part of the site is closed for major restoration work, but small scale community events will continue in the newly-refurbished Cart Shed and in the adjoining nature reserve throughout the year. The Trust hopes that the whole site will re-open in the spring/summer of 2020.