Runology and historical sociolinguistics: On runic writing and its social history in the first millennium

  title={Runology and historical sociolinguistics: On runic writing and its social history in the first millennium},
  author={Michael Schulte},
  journal={Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics},
  pages={110 - 87}
  • M. Schulte
  • Published 1 May 2015
  • History
  • Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics
Abstract This paper argues that the rise and the transmission of the runes is largely determined by sociolinguistic factors. First, the older fuþark is identified as a unique Germanic design, adapted from Latin or Greek sources by one or more well-born Germani to mark group identity and status. Hence it is rather unlikely that the search for an exact source alphabet of the older fuþark will make a major breakthrough in future research. Second, the present author argues that the extension of the… 

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