A new ELC research seminar will be held online, via Microsoft Teams.

Details follow here:

Date and time: Tuesday 20 April, 5:00 – 6:30 pm, via Microsoft Teams

Speaker:  Dr. Jerzy Norbert Nykiel (University of Bergen, Norway)

Title of talk: “Grammaticalization, analogy, and linguistic cycles – insights from the development of (mainly) purpose subordinators in the history of English”

Registration is free, but required. The registration form can be found at:https://forms.gle/8axRbPpAKDjyWESz5 Upon registration, a link will be sent to registered attendees a few days  ahead of the seminar.

ELC seminars are intended for members of staff and MA and PhD students at Departments of English and, more generally, for anyone interested in linguistics.

Brief profile: Jerzy Norbert Nykiel holds a PhD (2010) from the University of Silesia in Katowice (Poland). He has been a Lecturer in English at the University of Silesia and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar (2012-2013) at Arizona State University. Since 2015 he is an Associate Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Bergen (Norway).

Some recent publications:

2020. So that in clauses of result and purpose in Middle English. In Hans Sauer & Piotr P. Chruszczewski (eds.), Mostly Medieval. In Memory of Jacek Fisiak. San Diego, CA: Æ Academic Publishing, 354-370.

2019. ‘Thone vpon thother’. On pronouns one and other with initial th- and t- in Middle English. In Claudia Claridge & Birte Böss (eds.), Developments in English Historical Morpho-Syntax. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 57-75.

2018. Onmang Þæt – Incipient grammaticalisation in Old and Middle English. Transactions of the Philological Society 116(3): 574-593.  2017. Grammaticalization of the English adverbial subordinator in order that: (Inter)subjectification and directionality. In Daniel Van Olmen, Hubert Cuyckens & Lobke Ghesquière (eds.), Aspects of Grammaticalization. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 237-256. (With Andrzej M. Łęcki.)

2017. (Ed.), Current Developments in English Historical Linguistics. Studies in Honour of Rafał Molencki. Katowice; Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego. (With Artur Kijak & Andrzej M. Łęcki.) 2015. The reduced definite article th’ in Late Middle English and beyond: An insight from the definiteness cycle. Journal of Germanic Linguistics 27(2): 105-144.

2014. Grammaticalization reconciled: Functionalist and minimalist insights into the development of purpose subordinators in English. Language Sciences 42: 1-14.