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Jasmin Higgs

Research Student,


Research Summary

Current status: PhD (full-time) - currently registered.

Research topic: Determining Functional Variation in the Early Runic Inscriptions.

Research summary: My research is interested in the pre-Old English runic corpus, which is a corpus defined as runic inscriptions with find-spots in Britain which are dated before c.650CE, and has been labelled a Trümmersprache, a 'remains language' (written fragmentary data).​ My over-arching research question is, 'what are the functions of the pre-Old English runic inscriptions?'. By asking this question, I am planning to tackle the theoretical problem of what we mean by the 'functions' of a text. My methodology will use approaches from runology, historical pragmatics (especially pragmaphilology), and archeology and material culture studies. I hope to research how to adapt historical pragmatics to Trümmersprache data and the methodological issues of applying certain areas of linguistics to fragmentary data.

Research interests:

  • historical linguistics
  • runology
  • historical pragmatics
  • orthography and writing systems
  • onomastics and place-name studies
  • Arthuriana studies
  • the use of runes and rune-like symbols in folk horror media

Research supervisors:

Professor Judith Jesch

Dr Martin Findell

Dr Philip Shaw (University of Leicester)

Primary funding source:

Midlands 4 Cities (full-time award)


​Higgs, Jasmin (2017). 'Examine the value of place names as evidence for the history, landscape and, especially, language(s) of your chosen area: North Essex​'. Innervate: Leading Undergraduate Work in English Studies.


Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland

Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland

Conference papers and presentations:

​'Functions of the pre-Old English Runic Inscriptions​', Medieval Research Centre seminars, University of Leicester, 16th February 2021


Degrees and certificates.

  • 2015-2018 BA (Hons) English (1st class)- University of Nottingham.
  • ​2018 TQUK Level 5 Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (RQF), The TEFL Academy - Merit.
  • 2018-2019 MA Viking & Anglo-Saxon Studies (Distinction)- University of Nottingham

Additional courses.

  • 'Historical linguistics', Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics, 2021.
  • 'Writing systems', Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics, 2021.
  • Elementary, Pre-Intermediate 1, Pre-Intermediate 2 (up to A2) German courses with The Language Hub Nottingham, 2021 onwards.

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