Hello and welcome to the Medieval Bilingual England blog!
This blog is connected to the Bilingual Thesaurus of Medieval England project, based at Birmingham City University. By creating a thesaurus of Middle English and Anglo French (also known as Anglo Norman) words, this project seeks to capture the influence on English of Anglo French at a time of the overlapping presence and use of both languages within England. It will allow a range of scholars to conduct research on the language of everyday medieval life. Particular areas focused upon in the thesaurus include building, manufacture, shipping, farming, trade and commerce and food preparation/cooking.
Members of the project team (PI Prof. Richard Ingham, co-investigator Dr. Louise Sylvester and myself, RA Dr. Imogen Marcus), will be blogging about code switching and lexical borrowing between the two languages. The blog is also likely to include a ‘Word of the Month’ feature.