Runes and Germanic Linguistics

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The older runic inscriptions (ca. AD 150 - 450) represent the earliest attestation of any Germanic language. The close relationship of these inscriptions to the archaic Mediterranean writing traditions is demonstrated through the linguistic and orthographic analysis presented here. The extraordinary importance of these inscriptions for a proper understanding of the prehistory and early history of the present-day Germanic languages, including English, becomes abundantly clear once the accu-mulation of unfounded claims of older mythological and cultic studies is cleared away.

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"ANTONSENS Beiträge zur Runenforschung zeichnen sich nach eigener Einschätzung durch eine Methode linguistischer Rigorosität aus. Das macht ihre unzweifelbare Bedeutung aus. „Rigorism“ lädt aber auch zu kritischer Diskussion ein."Heinrich Beck in: Zeitschrift für Dialektologie und Linguistik 2/2006
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Elmer H. Antonsen is Professor emeritus of Linguistics and of Germanic Languages at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 What is runology? 1
Ch. 2 The oldest recorded Germanic 17
Ch. 3 The earliest Germanic writing system 37
Ch. 4 The graphemic system of the older runes 51
Ch. 5 The fifteenth rune 73
Ch. 6 Age and origin of the fupark 93
Ch. 7 Reading runic inscriptions 119
Ch. 8 Dating runic inscriptions 149
Ch. 9 Sacral or secular? 169
Ch. 10 Runic typology 207
Ch. 11 Phonological rules and paradigms 237
Ch. 12 Some controversial grammatical forms 261
Ch. 13 Runic syntax 285
Ch. 14 "Archaicizing" inscriptions 297
Ch. 15 The Weser runebones 315
Ch. 16 Old English digraphic spellings 329
References 343
Index of inscriptions 367
Index of runic words 371
Index of names 375
Index of subjects 379
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