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Date: 28/06/2008 15:55:59
Subject: [norse_course] dróttinn hárar hallar foldar
I wonder if this kenning, 'dróttinn hárar hallar foldar', would be a
counterexample to Ilya V. Sverdlov's claim that declined adjectives
are never attached to a non-root base word in kennings.
Kenning Morphology: Towards a Formal Definition of the Skaldic
Kenning, or Kennings and Adjectives
"If we could find examples of an agreed adjective attached to a
non-root base-word, or worse, to the determinant of a kenning, we
would be obliged to modify our proposition; but so far, there seem not
to be any."
He likens Old Norse kennings to German compound words in this respect:
"The real proof that this -s- is empty in both cases (Leben-s-art
versus Konstruktion-s-muster) is that we cannot attach an agreed
adjective to either Leben or Konstruktion when they appear as they do
in these compounds (see [v.1, 229]), while we can do so in
expressions like Art des Lebens. [...] And the adjectives that appear
to be attached to the root of the compound are, in fact, modifiers for
the whole compound, as their semantics readily testify."
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