Dr Philip A. Shaw
BA (Oxford), PhD (Leeds)
Lecturer in English Language and Old English
T: +44 (0)116 252 5363
Dr Shaw's research focuses on Old English and other early Germanic languages, with particular interests in linguistic evidence for pagan religious life and conversion to Christianity.
He has published on a range of areas of medieval language and literature, including Old Norse mythography, Old English charms, hairstyles in Old English literature, miracles of the Virgin Mary and Anglo-Saxon coin inscriptions. He co-edited Texts and Identities in the Early Middle Ages (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2006). Together with Joan C. Beal, he updated Charles Barber's The English Language: A Historical Introduction for its second edition (Cambridge University Press, 2009). He has recently published Pagan Goddesses in the Early Germanic World: Eostre, Hreda and the Cult of Matrons (Bristol Classical Press, 2011), a re-assessment of the goddesses Eostre and Hreda mentioned by Bede in his De Temporum Ratione.
He is currently working on the origins of Old English orthographic practice and the Middle English metrical chronicle attributed to Robert of Gloucester, as well as ornithological terms in Old English, Old Norse and medieval Latin.
Dr Shaw is part of the team working on the major Leverhulme-funded project The Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain. His project, Dialect in Diaspora: Linguistic Variation in Early Anglo-Saxon England, began in October 2011, with Dr Martin Findell as the Research Associate on the project.
Dr Shaw would welcome enquiries from postgraduate students interested in the following topics:
- Old English language and literature
- Pre-Christian religion and conversion in the Germanic-speaking world
- English Place-Names
Teaching and Administration
- EN1040 The History of the English Language
- EN2030 Old English (convenor)
- English Place-Names (special subject)
- Teaching on the MA in English Studies
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