The Grammar of Names in Anglo-Saxon England: The Linguistics and Culture of the Old English…

Hardcover | August 24, 2014

byFran Colman

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This book examines personal names, including given and acquired (or nick-) names, and how they were used in Anglo-Saxon England. It discusses their etymologies, semantics, and grammatical behaviour, and considers their evolving place in Anglo-Saxon history and culture. From that culturesurvive thousands of names on coins, in manuscripts, on stone and other inscriptions. Names are important and their absence a stigma (Grendel's parents have no names); they may have particular functions in ritual and magic; they mark individuals, generally people but also beings with close humancontact such as dogs, cats, birds, and horses; and they may provide indications of rank and gender. Dr Colman explores the place of names within the structure of Old English, their derivation, formation, and other linguistic behaviour, and compares them with the products of other Germanic (e.g., Present-day German) and non-Germanic (e.g., Ancient and Present-day Greek) naming systems. Old Englishpersonal names typically followed the Germanic system of elements based on common words like leof (adjective "beloved") and wulf (noun "wolf"), which give Leofa and Wulf, and often combined as in Wulfraed, (raed noun, "advice, counse") or as in Leofing (with the diminutive suffix -ing). The authorlooks at the combinatorial and sequencing possibilities of these elements in name formation, and assesses the extent to which, in origin, names may be selected to express qualities manifested by, or expected in, an individual. She examines their different modes of inflection and the variablebehaviour of names classified as masculine or feminine. The results of her wide-ranging investigation are provocative and stimulating.

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This book examines personal names, including given and acquired (or nick-) names, and how they were used in Anglo-Saxon England. It discusses their etymologies, semantics, and grammatical behaviour, and considers their evolving place in Anglo-Saxon history and culture. From that culturesurvive thousands of names on coins, in manuscript...

Retired as Reader in English Language at the University of Edinburgh in 2002, Fran Colman continues to research and lecture on the structure and history of the English language, notably on the names and coinage of Anglo-Saxon England. She has been an invited lecturer at universities and learned societies in Australia, England, Finland...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:August 24, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198701675

ISBN - 13:9780198701675

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionPart I: On Names2. Names as words3. Names are not nouns4. A name is a namePart II: Towards the Old English Onomasticon5. Old English personal-name formation6. General lexical formation7. Structures of Old English personal names8. On the role of the paradigm as a marker of lexical formation9. An Old English onomasticon