• Old Saxon unmet, Genesis B 313b ungemet, and unmetrical scribal forms in Germanic alliterative verse

    Author(s):
    Nelson Goering (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Group(s):
    Old English / Early Medieval England
    Subject(s):
    English language--Old English, Germanic philology
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Beowulf, Heliand, Alliterative verse, Hildebrandslied, Old English, Old Saxon
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/ddrp-bg62
    Abstract:
    The adverb ungemete, unigmetes in Beowulf and elsewhere in Old English verse creates significant metrical problems. I revive and expand the proposal of Fulk (1992) to read this as *unmet. This restoration receives support from metrics and from the comparison with Old Saxon unmet of the same meaning, and the alteration to ungemet(e), etc., in the manuscripts is easily explained by Old English scribal practices.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 years ago
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