, Volume 66, Issue 3, pp 440–442 | Cite as

Old Englishalf walda

  • P. B. Taylor
  • P. H. Salus


Prose Ambiguous State Emend Distinct Word English Form 
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  1. 1.
    A scribal error in the form of a transposition is unlikely here.Laf is possible, but inappropriate. The lapse on the part of the scribe, if there was one, was mental, not digital.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    R. A. Peters, “OEÆLF, - ÆLF, ÆLFEN, -ÆLFEN,”PQ 42 (1963) 250–257. He argues as well for a proto-Northumbrian formalfi. However,alf need not be proto-Anglian: non-breaking occurs in Anglian, Kentish and West Saxon before 1 +C, as shown inal-wealda.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Ibid., 252.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Ibid., 257.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Snorri Sturlason, in hisProse Edda, suggests a Freyr-Froði relationship, and links “Froði's peace” with the coming of Christianity (Skáldskarpamál, cap. 52).Google Scholar

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© Wolters-Noordhoff, Groningen, The Netherlands 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. B. Taylor
    • 1
  • P. H. Salus
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of EnglishUniversity of GenevaGeneva 4Switzerland

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