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Humanities and Social Sciences Colloquium - Aude Wirth-Jaillard


Voices from the past

Prof. Dr. Aude Wirth-Jaillard
Université catholique de Louvain
Linguistics and Medieval History

Voices from the past
When Jan 09, 2017
from 11:15 AM to 12:45 PM
Where FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, Seminar Room
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Contact Phone +49 (0)761 203-97362
Attendees universitätsöffentlich / open to university members
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It seems obvious that we do not have access to medieval speech. And it is so obvious that most researchers dealing with reported speech, either historians or linguists, assert this impossibility almost without arguing for or against. But is this obvious conclusion always true?

Some medieval texts dealing with justice such as trials, letters of remission or accounting records contain passages transcribing spoken words. In this talk, I will question the value of these different kinds of sources to reach the actual spoken words of medieval people; I will also define in which ways they are useful to improve our knowledge of the history of a language.