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The etymology of 'ríme' in the "Ormulum"
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2004 (English)In: Nordic Journal of English Studies, ISSN 1502-7694, Vol. 3, no 1, 61-73 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Standard reference works have regarded the word 'ríme' in the Middle English homily collection "Ormulum" as a French loanword meaning 'metre'. In this article it is argued that such an interpretation of 'ríme', as well as the accompanying etymology, is erroneous; it is based on a misunderstanding of Orm's methods as a homilist. The article presents an alternative interpretation and an alternative etymology, based on a careful reading of the author's own account of his methods. According to this interpretation, the word was not borrowed from Old French but derived from Old English; itse sense in the "Ormulum" is 'story' or 'text'.

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2004. Vol. 3, no 1, 61-73 p.
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etymology, Middle English, Ormulum
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19195OAI: diva2:185719
Available from: 2007-10-23 Created: 2007-10-23 Last updated: 2011-01-12Bibliographically approved

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