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How the Germanic Futhark Came from the Roman Alphabet
2012 (English)In: Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies, ISSN 1892-0950, Vol. 2, 7-26 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper has a narrow purpose: to show how the Germanic futhark came into being. The intent is to explain the development of the older futhark from its source, the Roman script — or more precisely, to show how individual runes of the futhark derive from individual letters of the Roman alphabet. I shall argue that the orthographic transformations that brought the futhark into existence are largely guided by certain governing principles that systematically effect language change in both spoken and written systems.

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2012. Vol. 2, 7-26 p.
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Kurylowicz’s Fourth Law of Analogy, Roman source of runes, alpha­bet history, linguistic alphabet principles, Germanic/older futhark, Anglo-Saxon futhorc, younger (Nordic) futhark
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-171047OAI: diva2:512974
Available from: 2012-03-30 Created: 2012-03-15 Last updated: 2012-03-30Bibliographically approved

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