March 20-21, 2020

Conference. Medieval French Without Borders

12th Floor Faculty Lounge

Lowenstein Building

Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus

113 West 60th Street

Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University

Centre for Medieval Literature

Program in Comparative Literature, Fordham University

Medieval French Without Borders

Co-sponsors

Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University

Centre for Medieval Literature

Program in Comparative Literature, Fordham University

Description

This international conference looks anew at the origins and development of French within multilingual contact zones from the ninth century until the sixteenth century. The dialects we now identify as the langue d’oïl emerged in a relatively small zone in northern Europe, but assumed international importance both as a transactional and a cultural language, bringing it into contact with varieties of Arabic, Breton, Dutch, English, German, Hebrew, Irish, Norse, Occitan and Welsh. From the ninth century French was a second language of empire (Carolingian, German, and later Angevin). From at least the eleventh, it was spread by trade, conquest, emigration, dynastic marriage, ecclesiastical networks and the soft power of northern French court culture to many different regions, courts, and cities across northern Europe and the Mediterranean. As an idiom used by city-dwellers, travelers, merchants, sailors, artisans, and pilgrims, its earlier language relationships were reconfigured even as new ones were being created.

For more information and for the call for papers

See the conference website, here.

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