The Syntax of Old Norse: With a survey of the inflectional morphology and a complete bibliography

Paperback | January 9, 2008

byJan Terje Faarlund

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This is the first account of Old Norse for a hundred years and the first ever in a non-Scandinavian language. It presents a full analysis of Old Norse syntax and succinct descriptions of its phonology and morphology.Old Norse was the language of the Vikings and the Old Icelandic sagas and is the best documented medieval Germanic language. Professor Faarlund supports his analysis with numerous prose examples taken from the most reliable Norwegian and Icelandic manuscript editions. His approach is descriptive,set in a framework of generative grammar with technical details kept to a minimum. He includes a complete bibliography of the syntax of Old Norse. This book will interest students and scholars of Nordic languages, civilizations, and history as well as those studying historical linguistics, diachronic syntax, and Germanic and Scandinavian languages.

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This is the first account of Old Norse for a hundred years and the first ever in a non-Scandinavian language. It presents a full analysis of Old Norse syntax and succinct descriptions of its phonology and morphology.Old Norse was the language of the Vikings and the Old Icelandic sagas and is the best documented medieval Germanic langua...

Jan Terje Faarlund is Professor of Scandinavian Linguistics, University of Oslo. He previously held the same position at the University of Trondheim, and was Professor of Linguistics and Norwegian Studies at the University of Chicago, where he is still affiliated as a research associate in the Department of Linguistics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:322 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:January 9, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Sources1. Introduction2. Phonology3. Inflectional Morphology4. The Noun Phrase5. Determiner Phrases6. The Adjective Phrase7. The Prepositional Phrase8. The Verb Phrase9. The Finite Sentence10. Subordinate Clauses11. Reflexive BindingBibliography of Old Norse SyntaxSubject IndexWord Index

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"The last comprehensive presentation of Old Norse syntax existing to date...published in Dano-Norwegian in 1906. Faarlund's contribution is therefore a welcome edition being the first comprehensive treatment of Old Norse syntax in a century and being the very first edition of such a volume inEnglish. ... The discreet introduction of theoretical nuances (e.g. referential phrases) and the wealth of empirical data make this text of great interest not only for historical linguistics but also for those involved in more theoretical research. ...a tremendous success."--Linguist List 16.3576