22 November 2017

My article on William Dunbar's Dance of the Seven Deadly Sins "Off Februar the fyiftene nycht" published by The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 November 2017. 

19 February 2017

 My Stonehenge MOOC is available here.

"Brexit" speeds into the global lexicon

The Sunday Times has written an article for the OU's Open Learn. "Brexit is both an English language phenomenon and a global language phenomenon".

08 October 2016

Mesolithic Sussex Flint

The Mesolithic flint I found at Arlington, now entered in the Portable Antiquities Scheme database. Described as "A fragment of flint bladelet, possibly a piece of debitage or an unfinished microlith blank, Mesolithic, 8000-4500BC. The tertiary flake has been truncated at the proximal end, removing the bulb of percussion though, the rippling remains visible on the ventral side. The dorsal side is marked by a longitudinal ridge created by previous flake removals to either side. There is no retouch present on the object, though there is some damage to the edges of the flake."

25 September 2016

"Harry Potter. El misterio de un éxito irresistible", La Nacion Domingo 25 de Septeimbre 2016.
"Probablemente Rowling acertó en el equilibrio entre un mundo suficientemente familiar para que los chicos lo entiendan -la escuela- y un mundo suficientemente diferente para que resulte excitante: el Colegio Hogwarts de Magia y Hechicería", apunta el lingüista Graeme Davis, profesor de Humanidades en la Universidad de Buckingham, Gran Bretaña. "También acierta Rowling al no mostrar una actitud protectora y superior frente a sus lectores. Hay cuestiones morales difíciles en las novelas de Harry Potter, especialmente en las últimas, y los adolescentes las valoran. Quizás lo atractivo sea la progresión de las novelas a medida que Harry crece, porque presentan un lenguaje y temas más complejos que incitan a los niños a leer cosas que no son propias de su edad", reflexiona el especialista en literatura inglesa y autor de dos libros sobre Harry Potter... 

10 March 2016

University of Buckingham links with Fara Heim

University of Buckingham has agreed a link with Icelandic-Canadian explorers Fara Heim to investigate the history and archaeology of Hudson Bay and Hudson Strait. Graeme Davis is a project advisor for Fara Heim.

Stonehenge may be mentioned in 8th Century poem

An 8th Century poem, thought to have been written about Bath, could be the oldest surviving text to describe Stonehenge, an academic has claimed.
Mediaeval language expert Dr Graeme Davis said the poem could pre-date a previous text by several hundred years.
The poem, called The Ruin, mentions stones called "the old ones" or the "elders" and describes a warm spring similar to one found at Blick Mead.
Nearby Amesbury was recently named the oldest continuous settlement in the UK.
The town, including Stonehenge, has been continually occupied since 8820BC, experts have found.

The Dialect of Our Sussex Ancestors

Article by Graeme Davis
published in Sussex Family Historian
March 2016.

12 January 2016

Arthur Ransome and the dialect of Norfolk

Article published in Buckingham Journal of Language and Linguistics 8 (2015), 79-98. University of Buckingham publication of the week. Reviewed The Times 4th January 2016, including editorial.

06 May 2013

Selected Poems of the Russian Symbolists: Bryusov, Akhmatova and Mandelstam. Three eBook shorts.

Three Kindle eBooks:

Nine Poems of Valery Bryusov (Selected Poems of the Russian Symbolists: Bryusov, Akhmatova and Mandelstam).
Fifteen Poems of Anna Akhmatova (Selected Poems of the Russian Symbolists: Bryusov, Akhmatova and Mandelstam).
Eleven Poems of Osip Mandelstam (Selected Poems of the Russian Symbolists: Bryusov, Akhmatova and Mandelstam).

The Origin of Surnames

Guest lecture at the Society of Genealogists, 20th April 2013, within the conference "Medieval Genealogy".

05 February 2013

Eight Titles by Graeme Davis Published through Amazon KDP

Historical Perspectives on the Development of English: The History of the English Language in Seven Texts

The Baird Letters - Letters of Gilbert Baird of Auchmedden

Driver H Taylor’s “In Memory of Our Nigh...

A Brit in Iceland

The Red Rag Vol 1 No 1 October 1916

A Brit in Greenland

A Literary Study of Andreas

Mary Ann Beard's The Church Lane Ghost

10 December 2012

A Literary Study of Andreas

2012 Kindle book by Graeme Davis on the Anglo-Saxon poem Andreas, reprinting a 1988 University of St Andrews (Scotland) dissertation.

26 November 2012

Historical Perspectives on the Development and Spread of English

Article by Graeme Davis published The Buckingham Journal of Language and Linguistics volume V, 2012.

20 March 2012

"Break That Brick Wall!"
Article by Graeme Davis in Family History Monthly 207 April 2012.

30 November 2011

SURNAMES What's in a name? An extract from my book Research Your Surname and Your Family Tree reprinted in the new bookazine Discover Your Ancestors.

08 November 2011

Morphology and its Interfaces
John Benjamins Publishing Company,
"Linguistics Today" volume 178

Reviewed by Graeme Davis in Buckingham Journal of Language and Linguistics issue IV (2011)

27 June 2011

"Branching out Online", article by Graeme Davis published by Family History Monthly special issue 198.

24 May 2011

Interviewed on BBC Radio Sheffield (Rony Robinson 24th May 2011) on the Irish roots of Obama.

04 January 2011

Solving Genealogy Problems:
How to Break Down "Brick Walls"
and Build Your Family Tree
ISBN 978-1-84528-477-0
New book by Graeme Davis
published December 2011.

Reviewed by Family Tree magazine March 2012: "It basically does what it says on the tin ... Like a driving instructor guiding you through a three point turn to get you out of a dead end."

Reviewed by Genealogists' Magazine 30.9 March 2012: "A useful guide for those occasions when research has come to a standstill and another angle is needed to progress any further".

Reviewed by Who Do You Think You Are? February 2012: "Clear explnations, signposting and sound advice underpin ideas to try to solve your conundrums ... One to inspire ..."

06 October 2010

Vikings in America is now available in 2nd edition (new ISBN 9781841589596).

See reviews at Medieval History, Reykjavik Grapevine, Speesh, discussion The Modern Historian, the Canadian Medievalist, and other such Oxymorons, and interview at Medievalists.

18 August 2010

T. S. Eliot's THE WASTE LAND In 999 Words (What Everyone Should Know)

This eBook short published by Nimble Books.

Geoffrey Chaucer's THE PARDONER'S TALE In 999 Words
(What Everyone Should Know)

This eBook short by Graeme Davis to be published by Nimble Books, March 2011.

13 July 2010

29 January 2010

Research Your Surname and Your Family Tree

Reviewed by Family Tree Magazine December 2010: "brings ... expertise to bear on surnames."

Reviewed by BBC Who Do You Think You Are? January 2011: "whether you're a Smith or an Elton this book will provide some valuable pointers to unravelling the unique story behind your surname."

Reviewed by Genealogist's Magazine March 2011: "this book will not disappoint the reader."

Reviewed by Your Family Tree Spring 2011: "A superb new approach ... This is a warm, well-informed book that will interest everyone".

Mentioned by Family Tree Magazine March 2011: "Particularly popular with genealogists ... the perfect starting point for those wishing to find out what your family name means".

13 January 2010

These two mini-dictionaries now stocked by UK newsagent

12 January 2010

The Lost Symbol: Truth or Fiction on the Channel USA 12th January 2010. Graeme Davis, author of The Lost Symbol: Found speaks about Dan Brown's latest book.

28 December 2009

The Medievalists interview, Christmas 2009. Graeme Davis interviewed about his new book Vikings in America.

19 October 2009

"Nimble author Graeme Davis will be appearing on Channel 5 in the UK at 8 pm local time Wed Oct 21 to discuss The Lost Symbol and Graeme's forthcoming book about it."

The Lost Symbol: Truth or Fiction (Documentary)
Time - 20:00 - 21:00 (1 hour long)
When - Wednesday 21st October on Channel Five
Investigative documentary exploring the story behind Dan Brown's new novel, The Lost Symbol. Featuring unique access to Freemason lodges throughout the world, the film examines the history of the organisation and explores the biggest conspiracy theories surrounding it. After centuries of rumour, suspicion and scandal, do the Freemasons deserve their mysterious reputation?

21 August 2009

The Lost Symbol: Found Unauthorized Analysis and Critique of Dan Brown's Latest Novel.

The Lost Symbol: Found is published by Nimble Books October 2009, and is an exploration of Dan Brown's latest novel The Lost Symbol.
ISBN 978-1-60888-011-9

The Freemasons and Washington DC provide a background for an exploration of mysticism and religious enlightenment. Within the frame of a fast-paced thriller this book asks and even answers key questions about the existence of a soul and a life after death.

Available in paperback and Kindle.

20 March 2009

Your Family Tree On-Line

How to trace your ancestry from your own computer

Published August 2009 by Howtobooks.

Reviewed by Ancestors issue 87 "all that you need to know to get started".

Reviewed by Family Tree Autumn 2009 "a clear step-by-step guide".

Reviewed by Your Family Tree issue 82 - they love the title!

Reviewed by BBC Who Do You Think You Are? magazine issue 27 "... a useful primer for beginners".

Reviewed by Family History Monthly issue 176 "of use to beginners".

Mentioned by Family Tree Magazine March 2011: "Particularly popular with genealogists ... explains how to begin tracing ancestors on the internet".

16 October 2008

Beedle the Bard
& Re-reading
Harry Potter

Re-read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Today

Published by Nimble Books, Michigan.
ISBN 978-1934840573

Re-read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Today

Published by Nimble Books, Michigan.
ISBN 978-1934840726

Exploring Beedle the Bard

Published by Nimble Books, Michigan.
ISBN 978-1934840795

20 June 2008

The Buckingham Journal of Language and Linguistics
The University of Buckingham Press, edited by Graeme Davis and Karl Bernhardt
ISSN 1957-9821

Issue 1, September 2008.
Issue 2, September 2009.
Issue 3, September 2010.
Issue 4, September 2011.

This is the successor journal to Journal of Language and Linguistics (1999-2007).

19 June 2008

The Unauthorized Harry Potter Quiz Book, published June 2008 by Nimble Books, Michigan.
ISBN-10: 1934840440
ISBN-13: 978-1934840443

This is a Harry Potter quiz book like no other. It won't be asking you questions like "what school did Harry Potter go to?" (If you are a Harry Potter fan, then of course you know the answer!) Rather it asks questions which will develop your literary appreciation of the Harry Potter books and your general knowledge of the Harry Potter phenomenon. Some of these questions are easy, quite a few are fiendishly difficult, and several of them really don't have simple answers, but thinking about possible answers is what it is all about. Work through this quiz book (with an eye on the answers) and come out the other end with a much better understanding of the phenomenon that is Harry Potter.

24 August 2007

Dictionary of West Country English
Published July 2008 by Abson Books.
ISBN 9780902920811

"A language so local, so phonetically condensed, permissive of slur that it is inseparable ... from its peculiar landscapes; its combes and bartons, leats and linhays." (John Fowles)

Genealogy and the Internet

eBook republishing on the cover disk of Your Family Tree magazine October 2007 edition.

New eBook Uploading Your Family Tree to the Internet republished on the cover disk of Your Family Tree magazine January 2008 edition.

09 July 2007

Vikings in America
Published August 2009 by Birlinn, Edinburgh.

For four centuries or more, from their first visits around AD 1000 to the eve of the Columbus voyages, the Vikings explored and settled thousands of miles of the coasts and rivers of North America. From New York’s Long Island to the Canadian High Arctic the New World was a playground for Viking adventurers. And the name the Vikings gave to this New World – America.

Reviewed by Medieval History. "A well-researched, interesting and thought provoking book which is sure to create fresh debate... Graeme Davis writes in a descriptive and lively style... A fascinating look at Viking history".

Lingua et Linguistica 1.1 2007
ISBN 978-1-84753-625-9
Lingua et Linguistica 1.2 2007
ISBN 978-1-84799-129-4
In association with Shakespeare Centre Press and the JLL Project.

03 May 2007

Home Counties English

Mini dictionary published September 2007 by Abson Books, London.

05 April 2007

Early English Settlement of Orkney and Shetland
Published 2007 by John Donald, an imprint of Birlinn.
Classical and Mediaeval historians state that there was English settlement in both Orkney and Shetland from at least the fourth century AD – about a century before the English migrated from the Continent to England. Scholars have dismissed these references as mistaken, though with no better reason than that they do not fit the traditional view. This book examines the case for early English settlement, bringing to light new evidence from the Norn language which was spoken on the islands until the eighteenth century, as well as re-examining historical and archaeological sources. The linguistic evidence serves as a proof for the accuracy of the assertions of early historians. It shows that the English were a small group within the complex cultural mix of Orkney and Shetland, ultimately subsumed into the Norwegian Viking population which later migrated to the islands. The English did not survive as a discrete population. But they had a four-hundred year presence in the islands, which constitutes the earliest English settlement within the British Isles.

Interview in The Orcadian.

Oxbow Books comments: "This fascinating book [which] treads a neat line between scholarly rigour and readability proposes that the Orkneys and Shetland were settled by the Saxons from the 4th century AD, centuries before the Vikings. Davis builds his case using historical records, linguistics and new genetic evidence, explaining the theory and processes in detail."

Guest Lecturer, Florida International University, March 2007.

Presentation 13th March "The Mythical History of English", Linguistics Program, College of Arts and Sciences.

06 January 2007

A Brit in Iceland by Graeme Davis, publlished Shakespeare Centre Press. ISBN 978-83-930413-0-5.

29 September 2006

Dictionary of Surrey English
by Graeme Davis
A Revised Edition of Granville Leveson Gower's 1893 A Glossary of Surrey Words

Book published 2007 by Peter Lang within the series Historical Linguistics.

28 August 2006

Genealogy and the Internet

Dr Graeme Davis

New on-line book published September 2006 by SelfHelpGuides, Auckland, New Zealand.

This guide is for anyone who wants to research a family. Using the resources here you can advance your family tree without travelling to national and regional record offices. The emphasis for this guide is on the British Isles and those English-speaking countries where ancestry goes back to Britain or Europe, usually by the mid nineteenth century.

18 June 2006

Contemporary Studies in Descriptive Linguistics
edited Graeme Davis and Karl Bernhardt

This Peter Lang monograph series provides an outlet for academic monographs which offer a recent and original contribution to linguistics and which are within the descriptive tradition.
While the monographs demonstrate their debt to contemporary linguistic thought, the series does not impose limitations in terms of methodology or genre, and does not support a particular linguistic school. Rather the series welcomes new and innovative research that contributes to furthering the understanding of the description of language.
The topics of the monographs are scholarly and represent the cutting edge for their particular fields, but are also accessible to researchers outside the specific disciplines.

Vol. 1 Mark Garner: Language: An Ecological View. 2004.
ISBN 3-03910-054-8 / US-ISBN 0-8204-6295-0
Vol. 2 T. Nyan: Meanings at the Text Level: A Co-Evolutionary Approach. 2004.
ISBN 3-03910-250-8 / US-ISBN 0-8204-7179-8
Vol. 3: Breffni O'Rourke and Lorna Carson (eds): Language Learner Autonomy: Policy, Curriculum Classroom. A Festschrift in Honour of David Little. 2010. ISBN 978-3-03911-980-6
Vol. 4: Dimitra Koutsantoni: Developing Academic Literacies - Understanding Disciplinary Communities' Culture and Rhetoric. 2007. ISBN 978-3-03910-575-5
Vol. 5: Emmanuelle Labeau: Beyond the Aspect Hypothesis: Tense-Aspect Development in Advanced L2 French. 2005. ISBN 3-03910-281-8 / US-ISBN 0-8204-7208-5
Vol. 6: Maria Stambolieva: Building up Aspect: a Study of Aspect and Related Categories in Bulgarian, with Parallels in English and French. 2008. ISBN 978-3-03910-558-8
Vol. 7: Stavroula Varella: Language Contact and the Lexicon in the History of Cypriot Greek. 2006. ISBN 3-03910-526-4 / US-ISBN 0-8204-7531-9
Vol. 8: Alan J. E. Wolf: Subjectivity in a Second Language: Conveying the Expression of Self. 2006. ISBN 3-03910-518-3 / US-ISBN 0-8204-7524-6
Vol. 9: Bettina Braun: Production and Perception of Thematic Contrast in German. 277 pages. 2006. ISBN 3-03910-566-3 / US-ISBN 0-8204-7593-9
Vol. 10: Jean-Paul Kouega: A Dictionary of Cameroon English Usage. 2007. ISBN 3-03911-027-8 / US-ISBN 0-8204-9316-9
Vol. 11: Sebastian M Rasinger: Bengali English in East London. 2007. ISBN 978-3-03911-036-0
Vol. 12: Emmanuelle Labeau and Florence Myles: The Advanced Learner Variety: The Case of French. 2008. ISBN 978-3-03911-072-8
Vol. 13: Miyoko Kobayashi: Hitting the Mark: How Can Text Organisation and Response Format Affect Reading Test Performance? 2009. ISBN 978-3-03911-083-4
Vol. 14: Dingfang Shu & Ken Turner (eds): Contrasting Meaning in Languages of the East and West. 2010. ISBN 978-3-03911-886-1
Vol. 15: Ana Rojo: Step by Step - A Course in Contrastive Lingustics and Translation. 2009. ISBN 978-3-03911-325-5
Vol. 16: Jinan Fedhil Al-Hajaj and Graeme Davis (eds): University of Basrah Studies in English. 2008. ISBN 978-3-03911-325-5
Vol. 17: Paolo Coluzzi: Minority Language Planning and Micronationalism in Italy. 2007. ISBN 978-3-03911-041-4
Vol. 18: Iwan Wmffre: Breton Orthographies and Dialects, volume 1. 2007. ISBN 978-3-03911-365-1
Vol. 19: Iwan Wmffre: Breton Orthographies and Dialects, volume 2. 2007. ISBN 978-3-03911-365-1
Vol. 20: Fanny Forsberg: Le Langague Préfabriqué: Formes, fonctions et fréquences en français parlé L2 et L1. 2008. ISBN 978-3-03911-369-9
Vol. 21: Kathy Pitt: Sourcing the Self: Debating the Relations between Language and Consciousness. 2008. ISBN 978-3-03911-398-9
Vol. 22: Peiling Xing: Chinese Learners and the Lexis Learning Rainbow. 2009. ISBN 978-3-03911-407-8
Vol. 23: Yufang Qian: Discursive Constructions around Terrorism in the People's Daily (China) and The Sun (UK) Before and After 9.11: A Corpus-based contrastive critical discourse analysis. 2010. ISBN 078-3-0343-0186-2
Vol. 24: Ian Walkinshaw: Learning Politeness: Disagreement in a Second Language. 2008. ISBN 978-3-03911-527-3
Vol. 25: Stephen Bax: Researching Intertextual Reading. 2013. ISBN 978-3-0343-0769-7
Vol. 26: Shahela Hamid: Language Use and Identity. 2011. ISBN 978-3-03911-559-4
Vol. 27: Magdalena Karolak: The Past Tense in Polish and French - A Semantic Approach to Translation. 2013. ISBN 978-3-0343-0968-4
Vol. 28: Iwan Wmffre: Dynamic Linguistics- Labov, Martinet, Jakobson and Other Precursors of the Dynamic Approach to Language Description. 2013. ISBN 978-3-0343-1705-4
Vol. 29: Razaul Karim Faquire: Modality and its Learner Variety in Japanese. 2012. ISBN 978-3-0343-0103-9
Vol. 30: Francisca Suau-Jimenez and Barry Pennock-Smith (eds): Interdisciplinarity and Languages: Current Issues in Research, Teaching, Professional Applications and ICT. 2011. ISBN 978-3-0343-0283-8
Vol. 31: Ahmad Al-Issa and Laila S Dahan (eds): Global English and Arabic: Issues of Language, Culture and Identity. 2011. ISBN 978-3-0343-0293-7
Vol. 32: Xosé Rosales Sequeiros: Linguistic Meaning and Non-Truth-Conditionality. 2012. ISBN 978-3-0343-0705-5
Vol. 33: Yu Hou: A Corpus-Based Study of Normalization in Translations of Chinese Literary Prose: Three Versions of Dream of the Red Chamber. 2014. ISBN 978-3-0343-1815-0
Vol. 34: Christopher Beedham, Warwick Danks and Ether Soselia (eds), Rules and Exceptions: Using Exceptions for Empirical Research in Theoretical Linguistics. 2014. ISBN 978-3-034-30782-6.
Vol. 35: Bettina Beinhoff: Perceiving Identity Through Accent, Attitudes towards Non-native Speakers and their Accents in English. 2013. ISBN 978-3-0343-0819-9
Vol. 36: Tahir Woods: Elements of Hermeneutic Pragmatics: Agency and Interpretation. 2015. ISBN 978-3-0343-1883-9
Vol. 37: Stephen Pax Leonard: Some Ethnolinguistic Notes on Polar Eskimo. 2015. ISBN 978-3-0343-1947-8
Vol. 38: Chiara Semplicini: One Word, Two Genders - Categorization and Agreement in Dutch Double Gender Nouns. 2016. ISBN 978-3-0343-0927-1

Studies in Historical Linguistics
edited Graeme Davis, Karl Bernhardt and Mark Garner

Vol 1: Graeme Davis: Comparative Syntax of Old English and Old Icelandic: Linguistic, Literary and Historical Implications, 2006, ISBN 9-783039-102709
Vol 2: Graeme Davis: Dictionary of Surrey English, 2007, ISBN 9-78039-110810
Vol 3: Kim Schulte: Prepositional Infinitives in Romance: A Usage-Based Approach to Syntactic Change, 2007, ISBN 9-783039-113279
Vols 4-5: Forthcoming.
Vol 6: Cynthia Lloyd: Semantics and Word Formation. The Semantic Development of Five French Suffixes in Middle English, 2010, ISBN 9-783039-119103
Vol 7: Tomonori Matsushita, A V C Schmidt & David Wallace (eds): From Beowulf to Caxton, 2011, ISBN 978-3-0343-010-6
Vol 8: Tadao Shimomiya: Alliteration in the Poetic Edda, 2011, ISBN 978-3-0343-0151-0
Vol 9: Nils Langer, Steffan Davies, Wim Vandenbussche: Language and History, Linguistics and Historiography, 2011, ISBN 978-3-0343-0761-1