INS
Institute for Name-Studies
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Interested in place-names?

The Institute for Name-Studies (INS) at the University of Nottingham is a leading specialist in the study of place-names. Students can specialise in name-studies at undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level.

Postgraduate-students

Arts and Humanities Masters studentships for 2017 entry

Deadline for applications: 25 April 2017

Our Postgraduate students join a lively and thriving community, which encourages a multi-disciplinary approach and cross-disciplinary contacts.
 

Undergraduate Studies

Interdisciplinary Modules

English place and personal names are currently taught at undergraduate level, both in specialist onomastic modules and in more general modules exploring the medieval period in Britain and Scandinavia. The study of place-names complements many other areas of study in the School of English. For more information about the modules currently on offer, please see the Undergraduate Prospectus.

 

Specialist Module 

Students may have the opportunity to study an English Place-Names module, which explores the various languages that have contributed to English place-names and how place-names can be used as a source for the history of the English language. As part of this module, students will be given an overview of the linguistic history of Britain, will be introduced to historical language study, and will be provided with the opportunity to uncover the meaning of many common English place-names. The interdisciplinary contribution that place-names offer to historical and geographical research is also considered. Students will be examined by means of a short place-names project and an in-class map test.

 

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example research developments or legislative changes. This list is an example of typical modules that we offer, not a definitive list.

Postgraduate Studies

Masters (on-site)

Interdisciplinary Modules 

Place-names form a component of a number of Masters modules, which students might have the opportunity to study during one of our Masters degree programmes. In the past, modules have covered a range of topics such as Old English in History, The Language of Stones: Runes and Runic Inscriptions, and Virtual Viking: the Irish Sea Littoral.

 

Specialist Module 

Students might have the opportunity to take The Study of Place-Names module, which is currently offered as part of the MA in Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies, but is also open to students on other degree programmes. The module employs the study of place-names to illustrate the various languages - British, Latin, French, Norse, and English - that have been spoken in England over the last 2000 years. Students will learn how place-name evidence can be used as a source for the history of English: its interaction with other languages, its regional and dialectal patterns, and its changing vocabulary. Students will also undertake a directed self-study project which will assess the value of place-name evidence for some aspect of Anglo-Saxon and/or Viking settlement-history.

 

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example research developments or legislative changes. This list is an example of typical modules that we offer, not a definitive list.

Research Degrees

Name-Studies PhD

The INS conducts research across a number of related disciplines and welcomes applications for research degrees in the following areas:

  • onomastics
  • place-names
  • minor-names and field-names
  • historical linguistics

The INS has been successful in attracting a number of externally-funded place-name and interdisciplinary research projects. Our focus is on research and postgraduate students who make an integral contribution to the research culture of the Institute.

Located within the School of English, the INS provides excellent facilities and resources for doctoral study. Office space for postgraduate students is provided and we house a number of library collections including our very own research library, the library of the English Place-Name Society (EPNS), the Margaret Gelling Collection, and a substantial amount of relevant unpublished material. The two major British name-studies journals are also edited by INS members: the Journal of the English Place-Name Society (JEPNS) by Paul Cavill and Nomina, the Journal of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland, by John Baker and Jayne Carroll.

Members of the INS not only benefit from the research network within the Institute itself, but also from the strong links we have with external organisations, such as the Society for Name-Studies in Britain and Ireland (SNSBI) and the International Council of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS).

Name-studies have made an increasingly significant contribution to multidisciplinary research. The INS maintains strong links with the Institute for Medieval Research (IMR), a multidisciplinary research network at the University of Nottingham, and with the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age (CSVA). The INS has a history of collaborative research with external organisations and institutions, including University College London (UCL), Oxford University, the British Museum, the University of Leicester, Queen's University Belfast, the University of Edinburgh, and King's College London.

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School of English

The University of Nottingham
Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5919
fax: +44 (0) 115 846 7526
email: name-studies@nottingham.ac.uk