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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre
 
Areas of Interest: 
History of the English language
History of London English
Historical codeswitching
Lexical sociolinguistics

Research

I am a historical sociolinguist.  Many of my publications deal with codeswitching between Medieval Latin, Anglo-Norman French and Middle English in the late fourteenth to mid-fifteenth centuries.  My recent work is on the sociolinguistic properties of words - my forthcoming book is titled Lexical Sociolinguistics: a Historical Approach.

Publications

Key publications: 

2021.  Barron, Caroline and Laura Wright (eds.). The London Jubilee Book, 1376-1387: an edition of Trinity College Cambridge, MS O.3.11, folios 133-157.  London: London Record Society.

2020.  Wright, Laura (ed.). The Multilingual Origins of Standard English.  Berlin: de Gruyter.

2020.  Wright, Laura.  'Sunnyside: a Sociolinguistic History of British House Names". British Academy/OUP.

2018.  Wright, Laura (ed.).  Southern English Varieties Then and Now.  Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

2018.  Pahta, Paivi, Janne Skaffari and Laura Wright (eds.). Multilingual Practices in Language History: English and Beyond.  Language Contact and Bilingualism 15.  Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

2011.  Schendl, Herbert and Laura Wright, eds.  Code-switching in Early English.  Berlin:  Mouton.

Professor of English Language
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Laura Wright

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