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U 169 Björkeby: A Daughter without a Name?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Scandinavian Languages.
2012 (English)In: Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies, ISSN 1892-0950, Vol. 2, 193-200 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article suggests that the sequence of runes uku on U 169 Björkeby should not be interpreted as an adjective ungu ‘young’, heading the phrase ungu møy sīna ‘their young daughter’, but as a name, followed by the appositive phrase møy sīna ‘their daughter’, which would be more in line with the normal way to present a person that is to be commemorated in a runic inscription. There are also strong linguistic arguments, outlined in detail, not to take uku as an adjec­tive. First, the word order of a phrase such as ungu møy sīna, adjective–noun–possessive, is atypical for the Viking Age language. Further, ungu must be construed as a so-called weak inflectional form of the adjective, but a weakly inflected adjective is highly improbable in the given context. Two possible names are proposed, Unga (from the adjective ungr ‘young’) and Auga/Ǿga (from the noun auga/ǿga ‘eye’)

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2012. Vol. 2, 193-200 p.
Keyword [en]
Old Scandinavian syntax, Old Scandinavian noun phrases, strong–weak adjectives, possessive attributes, Old Scandinavian names
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Specific Languages
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Scandinavian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-171062OAI: diva2:512981
Available from: 2012-03-30 Created: 2012-03-15 Last updated: 2012-03-30Bibliographically approved

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