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Beowulf 33a and Hapax Legomena

Stiles, P; (2019) Beowulf 33a and Hapax Legomena. Neophilologus 10.1007/s11061-019-09621-w. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

It is pointed out that ūtfūs in line 33a of the Old English poem Beowulf is not a hapax legomenon, as it appears in two late Middle English verse texts. It is also argued that the first word of the half line, manuscript īsiġ, is a hapax legomenon in English, if emendation to īliġ is accepted. The distribution of this latter adjective in West Germanic and its meaning are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Beowulf 33a and Hapax Legomena
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s11061-019-09621-w
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11061-019-09621-w
Language: English
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Keywords: Old English, Beowulf, Hapax legomena, OE ūtfūs, ME outfous, OE īsiġ/īliġ, German eilig
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of English Lang and Literature
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10087135
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