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AbstractThis study examines the use of punctuation in the two main manuscripts of the Old Saxon ›Hêliand‹. Data are presented on the use of punctūs in MS M and MS C and the occurrence of such elevated points to mark syntactic and metrical boundaries. As a point of departure, I challenge a claim...
AbstractSince MHG times, W-exclamatives show variation between verb-second and verb-last word order. Contrary to Näf’s pilot study on Gottfried von Straßburg’s ›Tristan‹ (1992), I demonstrate that verb-last is in fact the more common pattern for W-exclamatives in MHG. This means that a syntactic...
AbstractAlthough Notker III. is known for his highly sensitive language and rhetorical skills, his texts are not considered to be poetic works. Yet, in his translation-cum-commentary on a Latin poem from Boethius’ ›Consolatio‹ Notker uses poetic techniques – figurative and especially acoustic...
AbstractThe Migration Period (c. 375–568 AD) left its mark on most of the Germanic heroic poems: Three medieval empires – Burgundy, Hunland, and Lombardy – are involved in struggles for power, reputation, and vengeance. But the poems were also influenced by contemporary political conditions –...
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