Symposium: Historical perspectives on English urban vernaculars (16 November 2013)

On Saturday, 16 November 2013 the symposium ‘Historical perspectives on English urban vernaculars’ will be held at Utrecht University.

The programme of this one-day event can be found below:


9.30-10.00 Welcome and coffee
10.00-10.15 Introduction (Anita Auer)
10.15-10.45 Kjetil Thengs (University of Stavanger)
The traces of vernacular literacy: mapping Middle English written variation
10.45-11.15 Moragh Gordon (Utrecht University)
Early Modern Bristol and the world: trade and migration
11.15-11.45 Coffee break
11.45-12.15 Tamara Peeters (Utrecht University)
The Norwich Book of orders: content and context
12.15-12.45 Peter Trudgill (University of Agder)
Norwich as a trilingual city
12.45-14.15 Lunch break
14.15-14.45 Anita Auer (Utrecht University)
Third person singular present tense markers: evidence from Early Modern Norwich and York
14.45-15.15 Marcelle Cole (Leiden University)
Morphosyntactic variation and competing agreement systems
15.15-15.45 Julia Fernández Cuesta (University of Seville)
Wills and testaments as evidence for sociolinguistic analysis: supralocalisation processes in two corpora of wills from 16th-century northern England
15.45-16.15 Coffee break
16.15-16.45 Laura Wright (Cambridge University)
On the names of some 17th-century London rookeries (slums): data and methodology
16.45-17.15 Sylvia Adamson (University of Sheffield)
Double Standards? Court vs City in Early Modern London
17.15-17.45 Final discussion and closing of the symposium
17.45-19.00 Drinks


The symposium will be held at the Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21, 3512 BR Utrecht, which lies in the centre of Utrecht.


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