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Runes and words: runic lexicography in context

Jesch, Judith

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Judith Jesch



Abstract

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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2013
Journal Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies
Electronic ISSN 1892-0950
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
APA6 Citation Jesch, J. (2013). Runes and words: runic lexicography in context. Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies, 4,
Keywords Viking Age, runestones, lexicography, semantics, bóndi, þegn
Publisher URL http://futhark-journal.com/
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Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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