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Vielseitige Runentexte: Multilinearität in Runensteininschriften
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Scandinavian Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2396-8033
2015 (German)In: Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies, ISSN 1892-0950, Vol. 5, 115-135 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study discusses how segmentation, both visual and linguistic, is used to structure runic inscriptions. The questions are (1) if there is any correlation in the chosen examples between the visual and the linguistic design, and, if so, (2) how a particular layout adds meaning to the verbal message. Studies are conducted on two small sets of Upplandic and Södermanlandic runestones. The first part of the paper deals with runestones with more than one rune-carved surface and demonstrates that there is indeed a strong correlation between the verbal message and the layout. In most cases, the use of a new carving surface can be seen as a means to underline thematic aspects of the inscription. In the second part of the paper, inscriptions with signatures with a dedication are dealt with. Almost all such signatures are placed in a new visual unit. They repeat, complement and accentuate the message of the memorial formulas and offer additional starting points for a reading.

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2015. Vol. 5, 115-135 p.
Keyword [en]
multimodality, multilinearity, runestones, runic inscriptions, social semiotics, Viking Age
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Scandinavian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-248525OAI: diva2:799772
The Seventh International Symposium on Runes and Runic Inscriptions, Oslo, 9–14 August 2010
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