By Irene García Losquiño
Why have been runes invented? What did the Germanic peoples of southern Scandinavia communicate through the first centuries CE? Can the earliest runic inscriptions be used to profit whatever approximately their dialects, and will we extract different info from their research as a corpus? The Early Runic Inscriptions: Their Western Features supplies solutions to those questions via an research of the earliest runic inscriptions stumbled on normally in Denmark, and later in England and at the continent as much as the 7th century. This research bargains a singular tracing of the preliminary visual appeal and later institution of West Germanic dialectal beneficial properties in a space and time often often called having a extra Northern linguistic identity.
The earliest runic inscriptions are a useful resource of knowledge in regards to the kingdom of the Germanic dialects throughout the first seven centuries of our period. in addition they supply insights approximately a few of the social customs of other Germanic teams in this interval, similar to the improvement of the needs of runic writing or personal-name formation. utilizing a comparative and finished method, this booklet combines linguistics with different disciplines to solid as a lot mild as attainable on those normally single-worded inscriptions
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