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The semantic field of slavery in Old English: Wealh, Esne, Þræl

@inproceedings{Miller2014TheSF,
  title={The semantic field of slavery in Old English: Wealh, Esne, Þr{\ae}l},
  author={Katherine Miller},
  year={2014}
}
This thesis considers three synonyms in the Old English semantic field of slavery: wealh, esne, þrael. It situates esne, often neglected, as a major word denoting slave and a rival to þeow in all dialects except Late West Saxon. This reveals the bias of the authors of the Anglo-Saxon Dictionary who defined this word incorrectly, seeking to downplay the role of slavery in Anglo-Saxon England and to establish (non-existent) minimal differences between lexemes in this semantic field. This study… Expand
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