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What Is Runology, and Where Does It Stand Today?
Department of Scandinavian Studies, University College London.
2013 (English)In: Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies, ISSN 1892-0950, Vol. 4, 7-30 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this contribution is to offer a critical appraisal of runology as currently practised. The article begins by asking what runology is, and possible ways of defining the subject are discussed. Theory and methodology are then considered. While there is much to be learnt from analysis of the methods runologists employ, the search for runological theories turns out to be an unrewarding exercise. Theories from other disciplines have on occasion informed and guided runological procedures, however, and this is exemplified through an examination of the role graphemics has played in recent discussion of rune forms and how they may best be transliterated into the roman alphabet. The article concludes with brief consideration of problems that have arisen in the reading and interpretation of runic inscriptions, and a plea is entered for a critical and dispassionate approach to runological endeavour.

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2013. Vol. 4, 7-30 p.
Keyword [en]
runology, theory, methodology, graphemes, transliteration, inter­pretation
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Scandinavian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-213048OAI: diva2:682689
The Seventh International Symposium on Runes and RunicInscriptions, Oslo, 9–14 August 2010
Available from: 2013-12-29 Created: 2013-12-17 Last updated: 2014-01-09Bibliographically approved

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