Fight standard with standard –

spelling systems old and new in Layamon's Brut


Marcin Krygier (Poznań)


The aim of this presentation is to present the immediate results of the imposition of the Norman spelling system upon Late Old English / Early Middle English, as visible in Layamon's Brut. This text, dated to the second half of the thirteenth century, is a curious mixture of contemporary and archaised linguistic material. In particular, the spelling system of the text displays a progressive replacement of Anglo-Saxon patters by those introduced by scribes from the continent. In particular,  the questions of recessive, Anglo-Saxon spellings as well as of paths of preservation and replacement will be addressed.