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Scott Shell

German - PhD Candidate

Research Areas

Runology, Semiotics, Historical Linguistics and Germanic/Scandinavian Mythology

Office:
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Scott Shell, a PhD candidate and instructor at the University of California at Berkeley, received his M.A .in Linguistics in 2014 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Germanic Linguistics. He is writing a dissertation, tentatively titled “Runes and Peircean Semiotics: On Creating Parameters for so-called Magical Communication in the Elder Futhark Tradition.”

Recent Courses

2018 Fall
Language and Worldview in Germanic/Scandinavian Mythology and Religion. (R&C)

2018 Summer
Germanic/Scandinavian Mythology and Religion. (R&C)

2018 Spring
Germanic/Scandinavian Mythology and Religion. (R&C)

2017 Fall
Germanic/Scandinavian Mythology and Religion. (R&C)

2017 Summer
Scandinavian and Germanic Folklore. (R&C)

2017 Spring
Scandinavian and Germanic Folklore. (R&C)

2016 Fall
Elementary German 1

2016 Summer
Scandinavian and Germanic Folklore. (R&C)

2016 Spring
Scandinavian and Germanic Folklore. (R&C)

2015 Fall
Scandinavian and Germanic Folklore. (R&C)

2015 Summer
Elementary German 1

2015 Spring
Elementary German 2

2014 Fall
Elementary German 1

Publications

Review article of Anatoly Liberman, In Prayer and Laughter: Essays on Medieval Scandinavian and Germanic Mythology, Literature, and Culture (publ. 2015). Moscow: Paleograph Press. In Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analysis 23, 1 (2018) 141-146.

“BAG XIV Forensic Phonology: English”. Co-author with Irmengard Rauch, Alex Estes, Vera Feinberg, Michael Fragomeni, Sarah Harris, Zainab Hossainzadeh, Flor Marshall, Adam Nunes, Lindsay Preseau, Evelyn Roth. Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analysis 23, 1 (2018) 113-139.

“BAG XIV: Forensic Phonology”. Co-author with Irmengard Rauch, Alex Estes, Michael Fragomeni, Sarah Harris, Zainab Hossainzadeh, Stephanie Peltner, Lindsay Preseau, Christine Vais, Peter Woods. Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analysis 22, 1 (2017) 111-134.

Review article of Irene Losquiño, The Early Runic Inscriptions: Their Western Features (publ. 2015). Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics, Volume 92. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. in Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analysis 22, 2 (2017) 241-247.

“On Dual Gender Nouns in German and Syntactic Theory”. Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analysis 21, 1 (2016) 1-35.

Professional Conferences

“Conventional Language, Poetry and Curse-Formulas in the Elder Futhark Period,” Semiotic Circle of California, January 26, 2019, University of California at Berkeley.

“Applying Semiotic Models of Communication to the Elder Futhark Period: DR 12 and DR 360,” 11th Annual Aarhus Student Symposium on Viking and Medieval Scandinavian Subjects, April 25-26, 2018, University of Aarhus, Denmark.

“Making Sense of Non-Sense: the Application of Peircean Semiotics and Frazer’s Model of Sympathetic Magic to the Björketorp inscription (DR 360),” Semiotic Circle of California, January 20, 2018, University of California at Berkeley.

“What Can Semiotics Do for Runological Interpretation?,” Speaking the Unspoken: Explicit vs. Implicit Structures in Germanic Literature & Linguistics, March 4, 2017, University of Indiana, Bloomington.

“Runes, Magic and Runica Manuscripta: the Function of rún in Late Medieval Icelandic,” Berkeley Germanic Linguistics Roundtable, April 1, 2016, University of California at Berkeley.

“On the Polysemy of Wicht, ” Semiotic Circle of California, January 24, 2016, University of California at Berkeley.

“Hidden Children as Represented in Germanic and Scandinavian Folklore,” The Ontology of Supernatural Encounters in Old Norse Literature and Scandinavian Folklore, December 12, 2015, University of Tartu, Estonia.

“Reading Runic Inscriptions: How Do We Interpret Ideographic Emphasis?,” Semiotic Circle of California, January 24, 2015, University of California at Berkeley.