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Medievalists worldwide

One of the long-term requirements of becoming a medievalist is the necessity of studying languages. I'm not a language junkie, but I've covered a few over the years, between passing the French and German requirements of my degree, speaking a certain amount of Italian, and, of course, the perpetual need to learn more Latin. I've only covered parts of two language families, and those are the only languages I can really make any use of these days. (Although briefly, too briefly to be of continued use, in times long past, I did study Arabic and Japanese.) I write all this to admit that, despite at least some marginal degree of competency in language other than English, I have never actually searched for medievalists writing weblogs in other languages.

This realization was brought on by an email recently received from a German scholar, pointing me in the direction of two weblogs, one in German, one largely in English, the first of which observed the following about the list of medievalists with weblogs I've been maintaining. "Statt den lästig fast täglich aus dem Boden spriessenden Landblawgen wäre ein deutsches Mittelalter-Weblog an der Zeit!" I don't know if I can find any more German ones, but I certainly should do some trawling to see if I can locate at least a few medievalist weblogs in other languages - if, of course, they exist. As I expect them to. Let me know if you notice one!

Looking at that page reminds me... the website's well overdue for an overhaul, particularly in its color scheme. C.'s been saying I should make it more legible for months.


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Oct. 4th, 2003 11:27 am (UTC)
Ah, language study...the bane of my existence... ;-)

Do you think you'll ever get a chance to use the Japanese again, or is it relegated to the mists of time and space far far away?
Oct. 4th, 2003 12:02 pm (UTC)
I'd love to go back to studying Japanese, but at this point it would only ever be for hobby purposes. I could study medieval-era Japan, but it would be a very many years before I would be linguistically competent enough to even try. My bigger hope is that I'll go back there again someday. C. would love to go. I'm still in good shape with my everyday casual greetings and with recognizing grammatical endings in large part thanks to listening to anime at least monthly though, so it's not entirely lost.

My bigger language goal right now is to just get one of the ones I already know something of down well. Really well. Nearly fluently well. Any of 'em. I'm frustrated by the fact I know bits of lots of languages, but none except English really truly well.

How many languages does your current graduate work require of you?
Oct. 4th, 2003 03:13 pm (UTC)
Just the Japanese. (I side-stepped the comparative literature thing of 3 languages by sneaking into women's studies. *grins*)

Medieval-era Japanese is tough, but it is something I aspire to study, too. I used to tell people that my goal was to read The Tale of Genji in the original and watched their eyes bug out in response. ^-^ But now I hear how rare that is, and how difficult it is, and I realize it's about tens years down the line from where I am now.
Oct. 4th, 2003 03:20 pm (UTC)
Do you follow isfogailsi's weblog? If not, you'd probably be interested. She does study medieval Japan, and Japanese in general, and posts about those subjects very regularly.
Oct. 4th, 2003 05:11 pm (UTC)
*clicks on link*

Cool...I'll try to check it out in the future. ^-^;;
May. 29th, 2004 07:21 pm (UTC)
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