Jenni Nuttall
Lecturer in English, Exeter College, University of Oxford

Jenni Nuttall is a lecturer in English at Exeter College at the University of Oxford. She is the author of The Creation of Lancastrian Kingship (2007) and Troilus and Criseyde: A Reader’s Guide (2012). She blogs at Stylisticienne and is working on a book on poetic innovation and poetic experiment in the 15th and early 16th centuries.

Written by Jenni Nuttall

From Piers Plowman (1427) by William Langdon. Bodleian Library MS. Douce 104. Courtesy the Bodleian Library, Oxford

Language and linguistics
On gibberish

Babies babble, medieval rustics sing ‘trolly-lolly’, and jazz exults in bebop. What does all this wordplay mean for language?

Jenni Nuttall