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Dr Sara Pons-Sanz

Dr Sara Pons-Sanz

Senior Lecturer

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Email:
pons-sanzs@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6128
Location:
3.33, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision

I am a member of the Centre for Language and Communication Research (please add relevant link here).

My research focuses on the make-up of medieval English vocabulary from different perspectives (etymology, sociolinguistics and stylistics).

After completing two BAs (BA in English Philology and BA in Spanish Philology) and the equivalent of an MA in English Philology at the University of Valencia (Spain), I pursued an MPhil and a PhD at the University of Cambridge, in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. I was then granted a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, which I took at the University of Nottingham (School of English).

Having spent six years in Nottingham (2004-2010), first as a postdoctoral fellow and then as a lecturer, I joined the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the University of Westminster, where I taught over five years (2010-2016). I have been at Cardiff University since January 2016. 

Professional memberships

  • Co-editor of the series New Approaches to English Historical Linguistics (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the NOWELE supplement series (John Benjamins)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of SELIM (journal of the Spanish Society for the Study of Medieval English Language and Literature)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Affiliate of the Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics (AMC)
  • Member of the International Association of University Professors of English
  • Member of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists
  • Member of the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature
  • Member of SELIM, the Spanish Society for the Study of Medieval English Language and Literature

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I teach various modules on topics associated with language variation and change, such as historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and stylistics.

I am a historical linguist and work mainly on the medieval period. I am particularly interested in Anglo-Scandinavian linguistic contact and its effects on Old and Middle English. I am currently involved in three collaborative projects, which are linked by this overarching theme:

  • 'Medieval English (ca600-1500) in a Multilingual Context' Network (funded by the AHRC) aims to bring together scholars working on a wide range of topics (linguistic, literary, sociocultural) that throw light on the impact that multilingualism had on medieval English: its development and its textual manifestations. 
  • ‘The Lindisfarne Gloss in its Dialectal Context: A Comparison between Lindisfarne and the Gloss to the Durham Collectar’ (funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation) focuses on two texts attributed to the tenth-century glossator Aldred. These texts are written in Old Northumbrian, a dialectal variety of Old English that exhibits some lexical and morphological features characteristic of early Middle English texts. These features are, to some extent, attributable to Scandinavian influence.
  • Follow-on-Funding from the AHRC to develop the impact activities of The Gersum Project: Scandinavian Influence on English Vocabulary’ (also funded by the AHRC). The Gersum Project has aimed to present a detailed and rigorous survey of Norse-derived words in six English texts from the late period. Its results are presented in a publicly available database where users can explore, amongst other issues, the terms’ etymology, meaning, textual attestations and dialectal distribution. The impact activities activities to be developed in the new phase of the project include educational resources aimed at primary and secondary school children, the training of stafff at Jorvik Viking Centre and a couple of family days (Chester and York) under the auspices of the 2019 Being Human Festival.

I am also interested in English historical stylistics, the topic of one of my books: The Language of Early English Literature: From Cædmon to Milton (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Postgraduate students

I am interested in supervising doctoral projects on a topic broadly related to my areas of research: English historical linguistics (including historical dialectology, sociolinguistics and stylistics), medieval English studies, and Germanic linguistics.

I am interested in supervising doctoral projects on a topic broadly related to my areas of research:

  • English historical linguistics (including historical dialectology, sociolinguistics and stylistics);
  • (Historical) language contact;
  • Medieval English studies;
  • Germanic linguistics. 

Current supervision

Aeshah Alnemari

Research student

Elisa Ramirez Perez

Research student

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