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Synonyms for ‘Man, Warrior’ in La?amon’S Brut and Old English Alliterative Poetry

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  • Maria A. Volkonskaya


    (National Research University Higher School of Economics)

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    La?amon’s Brut is well-known for being a transitional stage between Old English and Middle English alliterative poetry. On the one hand, it preserves some traces of the Old English poetic tradition, such as, for instance, certain poetic words. On the other hand, even those traces that seem to be similar to Old English undergo significant, though subtle, changes. To trace these changes, this paper explores Middle English predominantly poetic lexemes for ‘man, warrior’ in the Caligula manuscript of the Brut, namely, Middle English simplexes h?le?, kempe, scalk, seg, rink, as well as their Old English counterparts h?le?, cempa, scealc, secg, rinc in the verse section of the DOE Corpus

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    Paper provided by National Research University Higher School of Economics in its series HSE Working papers with number WP BRP 22/LS/2017.

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    Length: 17 pages
    Date of creation: 2017
    Publication status: Published in WP BRP Series: Literary Studies / LS, April 2017, pages 1-17
    Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:22/ls/2017
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