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Medieval Irish Bilingualism

The Team

The team consisted of project leader and supervisor Prof. Dr. Peter Schrijver . He has been the Chair of Celtic Languages and Culture at the University of Utrecht since 2005. Between 1999 and 2005, he was Chair of General and Indo-European Linguistics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munchen. His research interests over the last years have been focused on language contact in Antiquity and during the early Middle Ages.

Supervisor and co-applicant Dr. Mícheál Ó Flaithearta, who has been university lecturer for Celtic languages and culture at the University of Utrecht since 2007. He holds a PhD from the National University of Ireland Galway. Between 1995 and 2007 he was lecturer and head of the Celtic section at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. Before that he was lecturer of Irish at the University of Wales Aberystwyth (1993-1995) and lecturer for Celtic languages at the Rheinisch-Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (1989-1993). His areas of academic interest include historical linguistics, comparative Celtic philology, especially historical phonology of Celtic; medieval Irish and Welsh linguistic sources; manuscript tradition and the transmission of early Irish and Welsh literatures, language contact in medieval Britain.

PhD candidate Tom ter Horst, who studied Classics, English and Medieval Studies. His main research interest is multilingualism and the medieval manuscript. His project concerned the many modes and functions of Latin and Irish bilingualism in the Leabhar Breac. Before the project, he served as a research assistant in the VIDI project ‘The Dynamics of Apocryphal Traditions in Medieval Religious Culture’ under Dr Els Rose at Utrecht University and as an intern at the Chair of Old and Middle English Language, Literature and Culture under prof. dr Luuk Houwen at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

PhD Candidate Nike Stam. Her project focused on the glosses of the medieval Saints’ calender of Oengus: the Félire Óengusso. Nike graduated with honours from the Bachelor Celtic in 2008 and in 2010 with honours from Utrecht’s Research Master Medieval Studies on an edition of a Middle Irish text. As part of the Master’s course she spent 6 months at Trinity College Dublin. Her field of expertise mainly concerns Old, Middle and Modern Irish language and literature but you can wake her up for any Celtic language any time!