Language Contact in the
West Germanic Languages, 400-1200
On 15 June 2012 the symposium 'Language Contact in the West Germanic Languages, 400-1200' will be held at Utrecht University. This symposium is organised by the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS) and the Philological Society.
This one-day symposium explores the linguistic effects of different dialect/language contact situations in West Germanic languages during the period 400-1200. The papers presented will focus on five different geographical areas and the languages used there, namely English, Frisian, Dutch, Low German and Central/Upper German. By viewing the dialect/language contact situations from different perspectives, this symposium aims to shed more light on the interrelations (a) amongst the West Germanic languages and (b) between West Germanic, Latin and the Celtic languages.
This symposium marks the first meeting of the Philological Society, i.e. "the oldest learned society in Great Britain devoted to the scholarly study of language and languages" (see PhilSoc website), outside the UK.