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Naming And Multilingualism: Swedish-Finnish Personal Designations In Medieval Charters
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Scandinavian Languages.
2015 (English)In: Name And Naming: Conventional / Unconventional In Onomastics / [ed] Felecan, O, 2015, 85-97 p.Conference paper (Refereed)Text
Abstract [en]

This paper aims to analyze Swedish-Finnish mixed-language personal designations in medieval charters from Finland from the perspective of code-switching. A data set of 718 locative adverbials containing Finnish toponyms is related to empirical findings in the morphosyntax of modern Finnish-English code-switching. I argue that the morphosyntactic marking of Finnish toponyms in the medieval charters is concordant with syntactic patterns in modern code-switching. In earlier scholarship, this language-mixing was thought to be the result of linguistic confusion. The present results would indicate that the medieval scribes of Finland in fact were fluent code-switchers that used multilingual resources to their advantage.

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2015. 85-97 p.
Keyword [en]
multilingualism, Middle Ages, Swedish, Finnish, anthroponyms
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-299675ISI: 000375935300007ISBN: 9786065436718OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-299675DiVA: diva2:949888
3rd International Conference on Onomastics - Name and Naming (ICONN), SEP 01-03, 2015, Baia Mare, ROMANIA
Available from: 2016-07-25 Created: 2016-07-25 Last updated: 2016-07-25Bibliographically approved

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