The Rewards and Perplexities of Old English Glosses
Fred C. Robinson
In reading Latin manuscripts Anglo-Saxons often inserted into their manuscripts vernacular translations of individual Latin words that they deemed in need of elucidation. These “glosses” are of great value to modern students of Old English, clarifying the meanings of many Old English words. But there are pitfalls in assessing gloss evidence, and some of these are here discussed.
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