Old Frisian Summer School

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Old Frisian is an Old Germanic language, most closely related to Old English. Whereas Old English is taught and studied widely, Old Frisian seems to be a well-hidden secret, studied and taught by a just a handful of experts. To unveil some of the linguistic and historic connections between the two 'Anglo-Frisian' languages the Old Frisian Summer School, a partnership between the universities of Oxford and Groningen (Netherlands), will be held at Oxford from 8th-13th July 2019. Speakers from both universities will give lectures and lead the afternoon translation workshops. In the translation workshops, students will read a variety of texts of religious, legal or legendary nature. By the end of the week students should be able to read Old Frisian with the help of a grammar and a dictionary. The special topic for this first summer school is ‘Anglo-Saxon connections’, with a discussion panel on the hypothesis of an Anglo-Frisian proto-language.

The partnership with Groningen University will extend to a second Old Frisian Summer School next year in Groningen. This project is funded by the TORCH International Partnership Scheme and the OMS Small Grants.


For more details on the program and online application, see the project website www.ling-phil.ox.ac.uk/oldfrisian. Enquiries are welcome on oldfrisian@ling-phil.ox.ac.uk .






Prof Rolf H. Bremmer jr, author of ‘An Introduction to Old Frisian’ (2009) and emeritus professor of Frisian at Leiden University.



Prof John Hines, Prof of archaeology at Cardiff University, editor of Frisians and their North Sea Neighbours: from the fifth century to the Viking Age. (2017)



Dr Patrick Stiles, researcher University College London, published on the Anglo-Frisian thesis and more widely on Old Frisian phonology.



Prof Nigel Palmer, Professor emeritus of Medieval German, Oxford.

Fellow of the British Academy, Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America and Corresponding Fellow of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen.

ehttps://www.seh.ox.ac.uk/people/nigel-palmer. is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, a Corresponding Fellow of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, a Corresponding Fellow of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen,


Dr Howard Jones, faculty of Linguistics, Oxford; Fellow and Lecturer in Linguistics and Old High German at Keble College.



Dr Nelson Goering, faculty of Linguistics, Oxford; post-doctoral researcher in Old English and Old Norse at Somerville College. British Academy Fellow in Linguistics.



Dr Francis Leneghan, faculty of English, Oxford, author of The Dynastic Drama of Beowulf (forthc.)



Dr Kees Dekker, Senior Lecturer in Older English Literature and Culture, Groningen, and Junius specialist.



Anne Popkema MA (Groningen), co-author of Altfriesisches Handwörterbuch (2008), Old Frisian lecturer at Groningen University.



Dr Johanneke Sytsema, Faculty of Linguistics, Oxford; Subject Librarian Linguistics, Dutch and Frisian (Taylor Institution Library and Bodleian Library). Linguistics Lecturer St Edmund Hall and lecturer in Old Frisian. Editor of Codex Unia.



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