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Die Urkunden des Schreibers Waldo: eine graphematische Analyse


Seiler, Annina (2013). Die Urkunden des Schreibers Waldo: eine graphematische Analyse. Sprachwissenschaft, 38(2):123-146.

Abstract

Alphabetic writing systems show a general tendency to develop from typologically “shallow” to more “deep” orthographies. This tenet, however, is not universally valid: Based on a graphemic analysis of the vernacular elements (mainly personal names) of the charters and charter drafts written by scribe Waldo at St Gallen during the 2nd half of the 8th century, Seiler shows that there are instances in the earliest period of Old High German writing where the development goes in the opposite direction. Waldo often employs the phonologically ambiguous monographs 〈g〉 and 〈h〉 in the charter drafts, but introduces the digraphs 〈gh〉 and 〈hc~ch〉 for the same forms in the charter and thus achieves a more phonographic spelling.

Abstract

Alphabetic writing systems show a general tendency to develop from typologically “shallow” to more “deep” orthographies. This tenet, however, is not universally valid: Based on a graphemic analysis of the vernacular elements (mainly personal names) of the charters and charter drafts written by scribe Waldo at St Gallen during the 2nd half of the 8th century, Seiler shows that there are instances in the earliest period of Old High German writing where the development goes in the opposite direction. Waldo often employs the phonologically ambiguous monographs 〈g〉 and 〈h〉 in the charter drafts, but introduces the digraphs 〈gh〉 and 〈hc~ch〉 for the same forms in the charter and thus achieves a more phonographic spelling.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of German Studies
06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
430 German & related languages
Language:German
Date:2013
Deposited On:12 Sep 2013 11:23
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:57
Publisher:Universitätsverlag Winter
ISSN:0344-8169
Related URLs:http://www.winter-verlag.de/de/detail/t3699579/Sprachwissenschaft_Bd_38_2013_Heft_2/ (Publisher)

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