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EPNS Lecture 2021

Field-names, which are intimately bound up with agrarian history, allude to a wide range of characteristics (field shape; vegetation; land use; soil quality; land ownership, etc.) and, hence, can shed light on the evolution of the rural landscape from the medieval period to modern times. Using examples from the Lake District and surrounding areas, this lecture will explore the relationship between field-names and field systems, including open fields, seigniorial enclosures and areas of medieval colonisation, as well as discussing the lost minor names of the unenclosed fellsides, which formed an integral part of the upland farming system.

The Cameron Lecture 2021

English Place-Names and the Oxford English Dictionary: Surveying the Landscape by Dr Tania Styles (Senior Editor, Oxford English Dictionary). With the centenary of the Survey of English Place-Names fast approaching, this lecture celebrates the long tradition of collaboration between scholars of English place-names and the lexicographers of the Oxford English Dictionary. Using examples from our recent work, it aims to explore some of the ways in which place-name scholarship is being used in the Dictionary today to ensure that the OED continues to serve as the definitive record of the English language.
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