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Scandinavian Loanwords and their Equivalents in Middle English


Sibylle Wyss-Hug

An investigation of the rivalry of a number of Scandinavian loanwords which entered the English language in late Old English or Middle English and survived in Modern English, and their synonyms in Middle English. It analyses the restructuring process taking place in a number of semantic fields and attempts to account for the survival of the loanwords. Of particular interest are the meaning, frequency and distribution of the Scandinavian borrowings and their equivalents.