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Wuffing Education

The Study of Place-Names

Some Nottinghamshire place-names (University of Hertfordshire Press/JRC Photography)

with Dr David Parsons

in The Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

An introduction to the study of place-names with one of the nation’s leading specialists. We shall discover how place-names can provide a guide to the languages, landscapes, and lives of the past. There will be a particular focus on the early medieval period and on East Anglia.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Language and place-names in early Britain.  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 Place-names and Anglo-Saxon history.  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 Vikings!  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Names in a changing landscape.  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr David Parsons

David Parsons was, until recently, Director of the Institute for Name-Studies at the University of Nottingham, and is now Senior Research Fellow at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Research. He has published books and articles on language, inscriptions and names in early Britain and is currently working on a monograph studying linguistics interactions in the place-names of various parts of England.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Clark, Cecily, ‘Chapter 7. Onomastics’, in R. M Hogg (ed.), The Cambridge History of the English Language: I. The Beginnings to 1066 (Cambridge 1992)
In addition there are the three standard dictionaries, the first two of which contain useful general introductions to the subject:
Ekwall, Eilert, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names, 4th edn (Oxford 1960)
Mills, A. D., Dictionary of English Place-Names (Oxford 1991) [and subsumed in various OUP names collections since]
Watts, Victor, The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names (Cambridge 2004)


Please phone or email to check the availability of places.  Study Days are £38 per person, which includes a full day of lectures, access to the NT site, parking, coffee and tea throughout the day, and access to the NT exhibition.  Once you have reserved your place please send a cheque to confirm the booking. For your first booking please complete the application form to ensure that we have recorded your contact details correctly.

Wuffing Education,
4 Hilly Fields,
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
(tel : 01394 386498)

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