Tom Hinton: 'Networked French and Linguistic Identity in Medieval England'
APR 21, 2021
Session: 13th May
Tom Hinton (University of Exeter)
'Networked French and Linguistic Identity in Medieval England'
This paper will explore the complexities of Anglo-French’s mutable status and multiple functions in medieval England through a discussion of Insular texts including Walter de Bibbesworth's Tretiz and the Nun of Barking's well-known comments on 'faus franceis'. In particular, I will evaluate the extent to which French-language texts written in England envisage a linguistic identity distinct from that of France, and how far they represent the language as a bridge to a shared cross-Channel, or even international, culture.