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The river Mearcella in Suffolk, once again

This article of mine is in the Journal of the English Place-Name Society, 51 (2019), 15–21 (actually appeared Feb 2021). The abstract follows:

This paper demonstrates that the Suffolk river-name Mearcella, previously known only from two pre-Conquest charters, in fact survived as a local toponym in the Stoke-by-Nayland and Higham areas until nearly 1500. The later forms of the name show that the -c- in the OE spelling represents the sound [k], not [tʃ], and this has important consequences for the etymology.

A pdf offprint is available here.

bibtex citation

  author= {Keith Briggs},
  title=  {The river \emph{Mearcella} in Suffolk, once again},
  journal={Journal of the English Place-Name Society},
  volume= {51},
  pages=  {15--21},
  year=   {2019},
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