is Professor of Scandinavian Studies and holds a BA and an MA from UCL. He has written widely on the Scandinavian languages, from both a historical and a synchronic perspective. His major areas of interest are in runology (the origin and development of the runic alphabet and runic writing) Faroese, and Norn (the one-time Scandinavian language of Orkney and Shetland). He has also written extensively on the development of the Scandinavian languages in the period AD c.200-1300.
Recent publications include:
Professor Barnes has also contributed to the Scandinavian runes database