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Eleanor Rye

Research Fellow, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I completed an undergraduate degree in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge in 2008. I came to Nottingham in 2010 to study for MA in Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies. This was followed by a PhD examining Scandinavian influence on English place-names (2011-2015), which was part of a multidisciplinary project, 'The Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain'. During my doctoral research, I spent an exchange semester at the University of Oslo, Norway.

I have been working as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Name-Studies on the project Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England since November 2014.

Expertise Summary

Areas of expertise: English and Scandinavian place-names; English and Scandinavian historical linguistics; Old English language and literature; Old Norse language; Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

  • English Place-Name Society Council Member (September 2016-present); Ordinary Committee Member of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland (April 2014-April 2017).

Outreach and Public Engagement

I have spoken about research undertaken as part of the Languages, Myths and Finds programme at a community event (Great Ayton Discovery Centre, 30th April 2014), and regularly contribute to Vikings for Schools workshops organised by the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age at the University of Nottingham.

Teaching Summary

Undergraduate modules taught

Beginnings of English (level one): seminar tutor (Autumn Semester 2015-16 and 2016-17).

English Through Time (level two): seminar tutor (Spring Semester 2012-13 and 2015-16).

I have additionally contributed lectures to the level two module Old English Reflection and Lament (Spring Semester 2015-16).

Research Summary

I am currently a Research Fellow on a three-year research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust, Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England. This is a collaboration between the Institute for… read more

Recent Publications

  • ELEANOR RYE, 2015. Dialect in the Viking-Age Scandinavian diaspora: the evidence of medieval minor place-names. In: ROBIN COHEN and JOANNA STORY, eds., The Impact of Diasporas Oxford Diasporas Programme, University of Oxford and The Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain, University of Leicester. 63–71
  • ALICE CROOK and ELEANOR RYE, 2015. Bibliography 2014. Journal of the English Place-Name Society. 47, 124–29
  • ALICE CROOK, ELEANOR RYE, WITH AENGUS FINNEGAN and DAVID N. PARSONS, 2015. Bibliography for 2014. Nomina. 38, 143–65
  • ALICE CROOK and ELEANOR RYE, 2014. Bibliography 2013. Journal of the English Place-Name Society. 46, 98–102

Current Research

I am currently a Research Fellow on a three-year research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust, Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England. This is a collaboration between the Institute for Name-Studies at the University of Nottingham and the Institute of Archaeology at UCL. The project is exploring the infrastructure and experience of travel in Anglo-Saxon England by examining place-name, archaeological and textual evidence.

I am responsible for collecting and analysing linguistic and textual evidence for the project. I am primarily using place-names and estate boundaries descriptions recorded in Anglo-Saxon charters in order to reconstruct the infrastructure of travel (e.g. roads and paths, river-crossings and landing places). Place-names and charter boundary clauses are very important sources of evidence for travel infrastructure as they frequently refer to localisable travel-related features. I am also exploring what records of journeys in texts such as chronicles and saints' lives can tell us about the experience of travel.

Past Research

My doctoral thesis, 'Dialect in the Viking-Age Scandinavian Diaspora: the evidence of medieval minor names', examined Scandinavian influence on place-names in two areas of north-west England, the Wirral peninsula in the north-west Midlands and an area of the historic county of Westmorland (in the present-day county of Cumbria). This research was carried out as part of the multidisciplinary project 'The Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain' funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

My research focussed on minor and field-names (i.e. the names of places smaller than settlements), hundreds of which are recorded in the study-areas from the late medieval period. I carried out quantitative analyses of the Scandinavian contribution to place-name vocabulary in minor and field-names in order to assess how Scandinavian settlement in the areas had left its mark on the Middle English dialect vocabulary of landscape.

  • ELEANOR RYE, 2015. Dialect in the Viking-Age Scandinavian diaspora: the evidence of medieval minor place-names. In: ROBIN COHEN and JOANNA STORY, eds., The Impact of Diasporas Oxford Diasporas Programme, University of Oxford and The Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain, University of Leicester. 63–71
  • ALICE CROOK and ELEANOR RYE, 2015. Bibliography 2014. Journal of the English Place-Name Society. 47, 124–29
  • ALICE CROOK, ELEANOR RYE, WITH AENGUS FINNEGAN and DAVID N. PARSONS, 2015. Bibliography for 2014. Nomina. 38, 143–65
  • ALICE CROOK and ELEANOR RYE, 2014. Bibliography 2013. Journal of the English Place-Name Society. 46, 98–102
  • ALICE CROOK, ELEANOR RYE, WITH AENGUS FINNEGAN and AND DAVID N. PARSONS, 2014. Bibliography for 2013. Nomina. 37, 189–211
  • ELEANOR RYE, 2014. Scandinavian Place-Names in Cleveland. In: HEATHER O'DONOGHUE and PRAGYA VOHRA, eds., The Vikings in Cleveland The Centre for the Study of the Viking Age. 21–25
  • ELEANOR RYE, 2013. Review of Elizabeth Okasha, Women's Names in Old English. Nottingham Medieval Studies. 57, 329–331
  • ELEANOR RYE, Quantifying the Scandinavian contribution to the vocabulary of Middle English microtoponyms from Wirral and Westmorland. NORNA-rapporter. (In Press.)

School of English

The University of Nottingham
Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5919
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email: name-studies@nottingham.ac.uk