Norse-derived Vocabulary in late Old English Texts

Wulfstan's works, a case story

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This book focuses on the Norse-derived vocabulary in the works of Archbishop Wulfstan II of York (d. 1023). A considerable advantage derives from studying Wulfstan's compositions because, unlike most Old English texts, they are closely dateable and, to a certain extent, localizable. Thus, they offer excellent material for the examination of the process of integration and accommodation of Norse-derived vocabulary in Old English. After establishing the list of terms which can be accepted to be Norse-derived, this book analyses their relations with their native synonyms, both from a semantic and a stylistic point of view, and their inclusion in the word-formation processes to which Wulfstan submitted his vocabulary, native and borrowed alike. The information derived from this approach is used to explore the possible reasons for the archbishop's selection of the borrowed terms and the impact which his lexical practices had on contemporary and later English writers.
[NOWELE Supplement Series, 22]  2007.  xviii, 318 pp.
Publishing status: Available | Original publisher: University Press of Southern Denmark
Table of Contents
List of tables
xi
Acknowledgements
xiii
Abbreviations
xv–xviii
Introduction
1–5
Wulfstan’s canon and style
7–31
Terminology and procedural decisions
32–67
Wulfstan’s Norse-derived legal vocabulary I: The lagu word-field
68–124
Wulfstan’s Norse-derived legal vocabulary II: The GRIo word-field
125–158
Wulfstan’s Norse-derived legal vocabulary III: Remaining terms
159–172
Other Norse-derived technical terms in

Wulfstan’s works
173–192
Reasons for the presence of Norse-derived

vocabulary in Wulfstan’s works
193–230
Wulfstan’s impact on the legal language
231–257
Conclusion
258–260
Bibliography
261–303
Word index
305–318
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF/2AB – Linguistics/English
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2008273911