The Unaccented Vowels of Proto-Norse
The Unaccented Vowels of Proto-Norse attempts to analyse the unaccented vowel system attested in the proto-Norse period, as partially attested in the older runic inscriptions in the elder futhark. Each chapter in turn assesses the evidence for unaccented syllables of a particular category, whether inflectional or derivational, and decides whether any reliable conclusions can be drawn from it. It is argued that too many widely accepted views are based on insufficient and poor methodology, and that too little note has been taken of the fact that viable alternatives exist alongside most of our theories about proto-Norse. In particular, a new realisation that the inscriptions are written in a less than perfect orthographic system, a notion that many scholars have often been unwilling to accept, leads to some interesting new interpretations of the data.
[NOWELE Supplement Series, 11] 1994. 323 pp.
Publishing status: Available | Original publisher: Odense University Press
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Table of Contents
Introduction | pp. 9–10
Questions of Method and the Nature of The Evidence | pp. 11–28
The Reconstruction of Proto-norse | pp. 29–40
Nominal Short Stem Vowels in Final Syllables | pp. 41–68
Nominal Stem Vowels in Compositional Syllables | pp. 69–82
nominal long stem vowels in final syllables | pp. 83–152
Problems With Length | pp. 153–166
Formational Suffixes | pp. 167–236
The Finite Verbal Endings | pp. 237–255
Summary | pp. 257–293
Abbreviations | pp. 295–297
Bibliography | pp. 299–323
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