Department of Older Germanic Languages

The Department of Older Germanic Languages studies the origin, the oldest history and reconstructed prehistory of English, the position of English among the Germanic languages, languages closely related to Old English (such as Old Frisian and Old Saxon) and the influence of language contacts (especially with Latin, Celtic and Scandinavian) on the early development of English. We are also interested more generally in Germanic linguistics, Gothic and Runic studies, the reconstruction of Proto-Germanic, etymology, Germanic placenames and personal names, and the Indo-European background of Germanic.