Runes and words: runic lexicography in context

Jesch, Judith (2013) Runes and words: runic lexicography in context. Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies, 4 . pp. 77-100. ISSN 1892-0950

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The paper begins by noting the lack of a comprehensive dictionary of Scandi­navian runic inscriptions, as well as the absence of the runic evidence from most dictionaries of the early Scandinavian languages, and considers possible reasons for this. Runic inscriptions may need a different kind of dictionary, because they require a different kind of reading that takes extra-linguistic as well as linguistic contexts into account (a process that has been called “inter­disciplinary semantics”). Using the examples of the words bóndi and þegn in Viking Age inscriptions, the paper shows how the variety of available contexts enables a richer definition of these and other words, which might facilitate a different type of dictionary, based on discursive definitions.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Viking Age, runestones, lexicography, semantics, bóndi, þegn
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of English
Identification Number: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-213051
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Depositing User: Jesch, Judith
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2014 17:15
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 20:20

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