Bianca Patria

Doctoral Research Fellow - Medieval Studies
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Room Henrik Wergelands hus 126
Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 Henrik Wergelands hus 0313 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1102 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Academic interests

My main areas of interest are the Germanic and Celtic domains, and their development from the linguistic, literary and philological perspectives from pre-historical into medieval times. My current field of research is Old Norse literature, specifically skaldic poetry and the related poetological and grammatical tradition.


PhD Project

My project 'Heiti’s semantics. Lexical Analysis as an Investigative Tool for Expressive and Compositional Strategies in Skaldic Stanzas'  aims to shed light on the meaning of heiti from a lexical, semantic and stylistic point of view, by means of linguistic and etymological analysis. A significant number of skaldic stanzas will be subjected to translation and metrical, syntactical, and lexical analysis, in order to verify the hypothesis that heiti are not merely combinational units or metrical devices, but full sense-bearing expressions.



Both Bachelor (2014) and Master (2016) degrees were obtained at the University of Pisa, Department of Literature, Linguistics and Philology, with a curriculum based on theoretical and historical Linguistics, Indo-european studies and philology. The topic of the MA thesis was the skaldic poetic synonym (heiti). 

Tags: Old Norse Philology, Indo-european, Skaldic Poetry, Linguistics, Semantics.
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