Northumbrian rounded vowels in the Old English Gloss to the Lindisfarne Gospels

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This paper investigates the distribution of mid-front rounded vowels in the Northumbrian glosses to the Lindisfarne gospels. Rounding after /w/ is a dialect feature of late Old Northumbrian. Numerical counts for the distribution of the feature are merged with new data. The goal is to see whether the data support already hypothesized demarcations in the text. The main finding is that the gospel of Luke and the second half of Mark have the most frequent occurrences of this feature and therefore are the most conservative sections of the glosses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA sound approach to language matters : in honor of Ocke-Schwen Bohn
Editors Anne Mette Nyvad, Michaela Hejná, Anders Højen, Anna Bothe Jespersen , Mette Hjortshøj Sørensen
Place of publicationAarhus
PublisherAU Library Scholarly Publishing Services
Publication date2019
ISBN (Electronic)978-87-7507-440-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • wels; front-rounding; Old English; dialect, Northumbrian; glosses


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