Olga Timofeeva received her MA in English philology from the University of St Petersburg (Russia) and completed her first postgraduate degree – Candidate of Sciences in Philology – for the same university. She went on to study Latin influence on Old English syntax at the University of Helsinki (Finland) under Dr. Matti Kilpiö. Her doctoral dissertation “Non-finite constructions in Old English: with special reference to syntactic borrowing from Latin” is a corpus-based study of several infinitival and participial constructions that were used in Old English in imitation of Latin. This research concentrated on the linguistic comparison of Latin texts against their Old English translations and original Old English texts produced between the late 9th and early 11th centuries. She was also employed by both universities as a lecturer in the history of the English language.
Since spring 2010 Olga Timofeeva has been working on her postdoctoral project “Language Attitudes and Language Identities in Early Medieval England.” It concentrates on the sociolinguistic situation in medieval England in the Old English period (c. 7th–11th A.D.), deriving the data for its description from both English and Latin sources. Assuming that language attitudes and identities are dynamic, she is analysing how they evolve and change overtime. More specifically, she is looking into two socio-historical settings, in which English comes into contact with other languages whose social significance and typological relatedness to English are very different: (1) English and Latin in the Old English period and (2) English and Scandinavian languages.
Because written texts of the Old English period survive in both English and (predominantly) in Latin, this corpus study takes into account literary production in both languages. For Old English, Olga Timofeeva is using existing electronic resources, such as the Dictionary of Old English Corpus, Thesaurus of Old English, etc., while for medieval Latin, she is compiling a new corpus. This corpus, Medieval Latin from Anglo-Saxon Sources, will be the first electronic resource for the study of the medieval lingua franca as used in Anglo-Saxon England. It will initially include English authors from 7th to 11th centuries writing in Latin, and may eventually be extended to medieval Latin on the British Isles more generally. This corpus will provide comparative data on the use of linguistic and social terminology in Old English and Latin.
Timofeeva, Olga (2010) Non-finite Constructions in Old English, with Special Reference to Syntactic Borrowing from Latin, PhD dissertation, Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique de Helsinki, vol. LXXX, Helsinki: Société Néophilologique.
Timofeeva, Olga (2006) Latinskie sintaksicheskie zaimstvovania v drevneanglijskom jazyke (‘Latin syntactic borrowing in Old English’), Candidate of Sciences in Philology dissertation, St. Petersburg: Gelikon Plus.
Timofeeva, Olga (submitted) “Mid ðare soðe luue ðe is icleped karite: Pastoral care and lexical innovation in the thirteenth century.”
Timofeeva, Olga (accepted) “Survival and loss of Old English religious vocabulary between 1150 and 1350.”
Timofeeva, Olga (2019 fc.) “Chancery norms before Chancery English: Templates in royal writs from Alfred the Great to William the Conqueror.” Journal of Historical Pragmatics 20(1).
Timofeeva, Olga (2017c) “Lexical Loans and Their Diffusion in Old English: Of ‘gospels’, ‘martyrs’, and ‘teachers’.” Studia Neophilologica. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00393274.2017.1297208
Timofeeva, Olga (2017b) “AELFRED MEC HEHT GEWYRCAN: Sociolinguistic concepts in the study of Alfredian English.” English Language and Linguistics. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1360674316000435
Timofeeva, Olga (2017a) “Cum saca et soca, et tol et theam: The status of English terminology in Latin acta of William the Conqueror.” Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch 52(2): 195-215.
Timofeeva, Olga (2016c) "Bide nu æt Gode þæt ic grecisc cunne: Attitudes to Greek and the Greeks in the Anglo-Saxon period." Studia Anglica Posnaniensia 51(2): 5–29. https://doi.org/10.1515/stap-2016-0007
Timofeeva, Olga (2016b) “The Viking outgroup in early medieval English chronicles,” Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics 2(1): 83–121. https://doi.org/10.1515/jhsl-2016-0004
Timofeeva, Olga (2016a) “Alfredian Press on the Vikings: Critical Discourse Approach to Outgroup Construction,” Journal of English Linguistics 44(3): 230–253. http://doi.org/10.1177/0075424216654210
Timofeeva, Olga (2013e) "The Wor(l)ds of Kalevala: Finnish Lexical Loans in Modern English," in Ex Philologia Lux: Essays in Honour of Leena Kahlas-Tarkka, ed. by Jukka Tyrkkö, Olga Timofeeva, and Maria Salenius, 159–185. Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique XC. Helsinki: Société Néophilologique.
Timofeeva, Olga (2013d) “Of ledenum bocum to engliscum gereorde: Bilingual Communities of Practice in Anglo-Saxon England,” in Communities of Practice in the History of English, ed. by Joanna Kopaczyk and Andreas H. Jucker, 201–224. Pragmatics and Beyond New Series 235. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Timofeeva, Olga (2013c) “Latin Loans in Old English and Finnish Loans in Modern English: Can We Distinguish Statistics from Myth?” in Selected Proceedings of the 2012 Symposium on New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (HEL-LEX3), ed. by R.W. McConchie, Teo Juvonen, Mark Kaunisto, Minna Nevala, and Jukka Tyrkkö. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. http://www.lingref.com/cpp/hel-lex/2012/abstract2845.html/
Timofeeva, Olga (2013b) “Hearsay and Lexical Evidentials in Old Germanic Languages, With Focus on Old English,” in Comparative Studies in Early Germanic Languages: With a Focus on Verbal Categories, ed. by Gabriele Diewald, Leena Kahlas-Tarkka, and Ilse Wischer, 169–194. Studies in Language Companion Series 138. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Timofeeva, Olga (2013a) "Anglo-Latin and Old English: A Case for Integrated Bilingual Corpus Studies of Anglo-Saxon Registers." in New Methods in Historical Corpora, ed. by Paul Bennett, Martin Durrell, Silke Scheible, and Richard J. Whitt, 195–204. Corpus Linguistics and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Language, vol. 3. Tübingen: Narr.
Timofeeva, Olga (2012) “Latin Absolute Constructions and Their Old English Equivalents: Interfaces between Form and Information Structure,” in Information Structure and Syntactic Change in the History of English, ed. by Anneli Meurman-Solin, María José López-Couso, and Bettelou Los, Oxford Studies in the History of English, 228–242. New York: Oxford University Press.
Kilpiö, Matti and Timofeeva, Olga (2011) “Semantic Polyfunctionality and Grammaticalization of the OE Subordinator be þæm þe: a corpus-based study,” in Typology of Adverbial Connectives, ed. by Anneli Meurman-Solin and Ursula Lenker, Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English, VARIENG ePublications. http://www.helsinki.fi/varieng/journal/volumes/08/kilpio_timofeeva/
Timofeeva, Olga (2011b) “Infinitival Complements with the Verb (ge)don in Old English: Latin Influence Revisited,” in Leeds Studies in English 42: 93–108.
Timofeeva, Olga (2011a) “Battlefield Victory: Lexical Transfer in Medieval Anglo-Latin,” in Multilingual Discourse Production: Diachronic and Synchronic Perspectives, ed. by Svenja Kranich, Viktor Becher, Steffen Höder, and Juliane House, 109–132. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Timofeeva, Olga (2010b) “Non-finite Constructions in Old English, with Special Reference to Syntactic Borrowing from Latin: Lectio praecursoria,” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 4/2010.
Timofeeva, Olga (2010a) “Anglo-Latin Bilingualism before 1066: Prospects and Limitations,” in Interfaces between Language and Culture in Medieval England: A Festschrift for Matti Kilpiö, ed. by Alaric Hall, Olga Timofeeva, Ágnes Kiricsi, and Bethany Fox, pp. 1–36. Leiden: Brill.
Timofeeva, Olga (2008) “Translating the Texts where Et Verborum Ordo Mysterium Est: Late Old English Idiom vs. Ablativus Absolutus,” Journal of Medieval Latin 18: 216–28.
Timofeeva, Olga (2006) “Word be worde – andgit of andgite: A Study of the Medieval Rhetorical Formula,” in Selected Proceedings of the 2005 Symposium on New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (HEL-LEX), ed. R.W. McConchie et al., pp. 135–42. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. www.lingref.com, document #1354.
Timofeeva, Olga (2013) Janie Steen (2008), Verse and Virtuosity: The Adaptation of Latin Rhetoric in Old English Poetry; Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 2013/1: 125–128.
Timofeeva, Olga (2011) Kiriko Sato (2009), The Development from Case-Forms to Prepositional Constructions in Old English Prose; Leeds Studies in English 42: 122–123.
Timofeeva, Olga (2009) Nicole Guenther Discenza (2005), The King’s English: Strategies of Translation in the Old English Boethius; Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 2009/2: 251–254.
Timofeeva, Olga (2006) Robert Hasenfratz and Thomas Jambeck (2005), Reading Old English: A Primer and First Reader; Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 3/2006.
Timofeeva, Olga (2005) "Zvon sozvuchij." G. Chaucer. The Book of the Duchess. The Parliament of Fowls. Trans. from English and comm. by S.A. Aleksandrovskij (2004); NLO 76.
(in preparation) Mechanisms of language-contact influence in early English: Diffusion and maintenance, ed. by Olga Timofeeva and Richard Ingham. English Language and Linguistics 2018 special issue.
(2017 fc.) What is an Image in Medieval and Early Modern England? Proceedings of the 5th Conference of the Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies, Zurich, 9-11th September 2016, ed. by Antoinina Bevan Zlatar and Olga Timofeeva. SPELL 34.
(2016) New Approaches in English Linguistics: Building Bridges, ed. by Olga Timofeeva, Sarah Chevalier, Anne-Christine Gardner, and Alpo Honkapohja. Studies in Language Companion Series 177. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
(2014) Contact, Variation, and Change in the History of English, ed. by Simone E. Pfenninger, Olga Timofeeva, Anne-Christine Gardner, Alpo Honkapohja, Marianne Hundt, and Daniel Schreier. Studies in Language Companion Series 159. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
(2013) Ex Philologia Lux: Essays in Honour of Leena Kahlas-Tarkka, ed. by Jukka Tyrkkö, Olga Timofeeva, and Maria Salenius. Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique XC. Helsinki: Société Néophilologique.
(2011) Words in Dictionaries and History: Papers in Honour of R. W. McConchie, ed. by Olga Timofeeva and Tanja Säily, Terminology and Lexicography Research and Practice 14, Amsterdam: Benjamins.
(2010) Interfaces between Language and Culture in Medieval England: A Festschrift for Matti Kilpiö, ed. by Alaric Hall, Olga Timofeeva, Ágnes Kiricsi, and Bethany Fox, The Northern World 48, Leiden: Brill.
(2009) Anglo-Saxons and the North, Essays reflecting the theme of the 10th meeting of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists in Helsinki, 2001, ed. by Matti Kilpiö, Leena Kahlas-Tarkka, Jane Roberts, and Olga Timofeeva, Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
(2008) Methods and the Medievalist: Current Approaches in Medieval Studies, ed. by Marko Lamberg, Jesse Keskiaho, Elina Räsänen and Olga Timofeeva, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press.
(2006) Selected Proceedings of the 2005 Symposium on New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (HEL-LEX), ed. by R. W. McConchie, Olga Timofeeva, Heli Tissari, and Tanja Säily, Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Press.
Co-authored book contributions / Introductions
Chevalier, Sarah, Gardner, Anne-Christine, Honkapohja, Alpo, Hundt, Marianne, Schneider, Gerold, & Timofeeva, Olga (2016) "Introduction," in New Approaches in English Linguistics: Building Bridges, ed. by Olga Timofeeva, Sarah Chevalier, Anne-Christine Gardner, & Alpo Honkapohja, 1-12. Studies in Language Companion Series 177. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Pfenninger, Simone E., Timofeeva, Olga, Gardner, Anne-Christine, Honkapohja, Alpo, Hundt, Marianne & Schreier, Daniel (2014) “At the Crossroads of Language Change, Variation, and Contact,” in Contact, Variation, and Change in the History of English, ed. by Simone E. Pfenninger, Olga Timofeeva, Anne-Christine Gardner, Alpo Honkapohja, Marianne Hundt & Daniel Schreier, 1–7. Studies in Language Companion Series 159. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Timofeeva, Olga and Säily, Tanja (2011) “Introduction,” in Words in Dictionaries and History: Papers in Honour of R. W. McConchie, ed. by Olga Timofeeva and Tanja Säily, xiii–xvi. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Hall, Alaric, Timofeeva, Olga, Kiricsi, Ágnes, and Fox Bethany (2010) “Introduction,” in Interfaces between Language and Culture in Medieval England: A Festschrift for Matti Kilpiö, ed. by Alaric Hall, Olga Timofeeva, Ágnes Kiricsi & Bethany Fox, vi–xi. Leiden: Brill.