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The Grammar of Names in Anglo-Saxon EnglandThe Linguistics and Culture of the Old English Onomasticon$
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Fran Colman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198701675

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198701675.001.0001

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An Old English onomasticon

An Old English onomasticon

(p.270) 9 An Old English onomasticon
The Grammar of Names in Anglo-Saxon England

Fran Colman

Oxford University Press

This provides and discusses a sample Old English onomasticon in table form. An onomasticon includes name-elements available for activation of a name via nomination, and its placement in the lexicon proper. The combinatorial possibilities for each element are specified, and specification of secondary features (‘loc’, gender, ‘dim’) associated with each name(-element). The declension class of an activated dithematic name is determined by the deuterotheme. Weak nouns do not enter into dithematic name formation, and weak adjective forms seem not to occur as deuterothemes. The gender does not necessarily correlate with the grammatical gender of the common-word base of the name element. Monothematic names which may appear as either strong or weak are entered in the onomasticon as variable in this respect. Within the paradigm (strong or weak) selected at nomination, the natural gender of the name determines (in principle) the paradigm as either masculine or feminine.

Keywords:   dithematic names, gender, monothematic names, nomination, onomasticon, secondary features, strong declension, weak declension

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