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Gothic Runic Inscriptions in Scandinavia?
Institute of Language and Commu­nication, University of Southern Denmark, Odense.
2012 (English)In: Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies, ISSN 1892-0950, Vol. 2, 51-61 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Runologists from Sophus Bugge (1866–67) to, most recently, Edith Marold (2010) have claimed that there was a Gothic (East Germanic) linguistic element amongst the older futhark inscriptions of Scandinavia. In the present paper, this claim is viewed against a horizon of nineteenth-century Danish and Swedish nationalism, where “Goths” and “Gothic” became politically sensitive terms in view of the purported emigration of the Goths from a homeland in Scandinavia. This is followed by a discussion of the linguistic assumptions underlying the classification of some of the early Scandinavian inscriptions as Gothic, assumptions which (with Peterson 1998) are all rejected — including Marold’s recent insistence on the final -a of the Etelhem clasp form wrta ’created’ being a Gothic 3 pt. sg. ind. ending, cf. Gothic waúrhta ‘worked’. It is argued that this -a is as likely to reflect an Old High German (or even West Germanic) suffix, cf. OHG frumita ‘(he) furthered’.

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2012. Vol. 2, 51-61 p.
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Gothic, Goths, Early Runic, older Scandinavian futhark inscriptions, Etelhem clasp, Gurfiles bracteate, Mos lancehead, linguistic variation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-171051OAI: diva2:512975
Available from: 2012-03-30 Created: 2012-03-15 Last updated: 2012-03-30Bibliographically approved

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