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The Dziedzice inscription and West Germanic rhotacism

Authors
  • Mees, Bernard
Type
Published Article
Journal
Lingua Posnaniensis
Publisher
Sciendo
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2020
Volume
62
Issue
2
Pages
47–63
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2478/linpo-2020-0010
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

The inscription discovered in 1931 on the remains of a cinerary urn near Sedsch├╝tz, Upper Silesia, was at first proposed to be runic. Later analysed as a Germanic text written in Roman characters, the long-obscure Iron Age inscription has only recently been republished after being moved from the museum where it was originally conserved. Presumably executed by a member of the Buri, the early Germano-Roman text is only partially preserved and appears to feature key evidence for the early dialectal development of Germanic. Contemporary with the period of the Marcomannic Wars, its single interpretable lexical element seems to contain the earliest evidence for West Germanic rhotacism.

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