The University of Westminster is hosting a one-day workshop on 9th September 2019, in which leading researchers in their respective fields will present their recent work on aspects of French and English in contact in the late medieval period. Linguistic and literary topics are addressed, contributing to a picture of multilingual and cultural interaction at this seminal time when French served as a bridge to continental modes of thought and expression.

The workshop will take place in the Pavilion, 115 Cavendish Street, W1W 6UW.

Attendance is free. For further information, please contact

Professor Richard Ingham:

Download the English French and the French of England workshop abstracts


10.15 Welcome

10.30 Louise Sylvester (University of Westminster): ‘Categorising bilingual lexis’

11.00 Marianne Ailes (University of Bristol): ‘Transnational textual transmission: Anglo-Norman and continental France’

11.30 Jocelyn Wogan-Browne (Fordham University) ‘ “Cherchant toute Egypte pour les bons homes”: French as a World Language for Women in Late Medieval England’

12.00-12.30 Panel discussion

12.30-1.30 Lunch in the refectory (same building)

1.30 Catherine Batt (University of Leeds): ‘The Language of Fourteenth-Century Prayer’

2.00 Jane Roberts (King’s College London):  ‘Reconsidering Laȝamon’s loanwords from French’

3.00 Thomas Hinton (University of Exeter):  ‘The Trilingualism of Walter de Bibbesworth’s Tretiz

3.30-4.15 Panel discussion and tea

4.15 Catherine Léglu (University of Reading): ‘Consuming biblical texts: food and beasts in late-medieval insular French translation-adaptations of the Vulgate’

4.45 Liam Lewis (University of Warwick): ‘Language Contact with the Non-human and the Formation of Audience Subjectivity in the Tretiz by Walter de Bibbesworth’

5.00-5.30 Panel discussion

5.30 Workshop concludes


This workshop is sponsored by Language Acts and Worldmaking, King’s  College London :-

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