ELL342 : Introduction to English Place-Names

Convenor(s): Dr Philip Shaw


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

This module introduces students to the study of English place-names. It explores their origins and meanings, and examines what they can (and can’t!) tell us about the languages spoken in England over the centuries and the development of the English language, about England’s settlement, history and culture, and about the country’s changing landscapes.


The contact time for the module is arranged in intensive workshops early in the semester, followed by afternoon sessions later in the semester in which students present work-in-progress presentations on their project research. The intensive workshops provide essential background material, including historical and historical-linguistic developments, and analytical methods used in the study of place-names. Students will have the opportunity to explore place-name data and ways of working with it. The presentation sessions allow students to get feedback and advice from the tutor and from each other as they progress with their projects.


100% project: the project will provide the opportunity for students to undertake their own independent research into the place-names of a geographical area of particular interest to them. It will require the students to analyse the place-names of this area using a range of sources, and to discuss implications and limitations of this analysis.

Contact Details

Dr Philip Shaw, tel: +44 (0)114-222-0212


Information last changed: Monday 10th of August 2015 :: 12:40:00 PM (BST)


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK