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Anglo-Saxon Plant Name Survey (ASPNS): Eighth Annual Report, January 2007


Dr. C. P. Biggam, Director of ASPNS, University of Glasgow

ASPNS is delighted to welcome two additional advisers to our group. The first is Dr Debra Strickland, an art historian based in the University of Glasgow, who will advise the ASPNS researchers on matters concerning herbals and plant lore in medieval visual culture. Our second new adviser is Ruth Tittensor of the Countryside Management Consultancy, who has degrees in botany and ecology, and will advise on historical ecology and landscape history.

The new ASPNS book has now passed through a draft editing stage, and is currently being considered by an academic publisher.

ASPNS members are looking forward to the second ASPNS conference which is to be held in the University of Graz, Austria from 6th to 10th of June 2007, hosted by a famous name in Old English plant-name studies, Prof. Dr Peter Bierbaumer.

As always, ASPNS is grateful to the Department of English Language and the Institute for the Historical Study of Language, both in the University of Glasgow, for help and support in our plant-name research.

Plant-Related Publications by ASPNS Members

  • Biggam, C. P., 'Anglo-Saxon Plant Name Survey (ASPNS): Seventh Annual Report, January 2006', Old English Newsletter 39.3 (2006), 19.
  • Dixon, G. R. and M. H. Dickson, Vegetable Brassicas and Related Crucifers. Crop Production Science in Horticulture Series 14. Wallingford: CABI, 2006.
  • Scott, Maggie, 'Previck and Lickprivick: Onomastic Connections in South-west Scotland', Nomina 29 (2006), 115-28. (A Scottish place-name possibly containing a form of the word pear).