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Schrifttheoretische Überlegungen zu nicht-lexikalischen Inschriften aus dem südgermanischen Runenkorpus
2012 (German)In: Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies, ISSN 1892-0950, Vol. 2, 103-122 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents an overview of non-lexical inscriptions in the South Germanic runic corpus. Illustrative objects exhibiting signs or groups of signs with predominantly ornamental, symbolic or imitative function, as well as cross-shaped runic monograms and futhark inscriptions, are analysed and presented. Based on a typology of these inscriptions, it is shown that for largely illiterate societies the role that script plays must be assessed with great caution and not simply compared to the role of script in contemporary literate societies. The results of the analysis in many cases imply that the medium itself takes precedence over the actual message and the meaning is conveyed by the combination of medium and script in an integrated visual manner.

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2012. Vol. 2, 103-122 p.
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runic literacy, script culture, non-lexical inscriptions, South Germanic, ornament, symbol, rune-like sign, script imitation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-171056OAI: diva2:512977
Available from: 2012-03-30 Created: 2012-03-15 Last updated: 2012-03-30Bibliographically approved

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