The origin of the cliticness of the west Germanic definite article: the case of Beowulf
Keywords:The origin of the cliticness of the west Germanic definite article, the case of Beowulf
The present paper is mainly concerned with the definite ar ticle of Beowulf. The literature about the West Germanic definite article has always allotted a prime place among the old Germanic texts to this poem: it is undisputably archaic (Kuhn 1933: 105, D. Hofmann 1959:189), and suitable for statistical generalisations. Its more than 6,000 hemistichs contain about 300 instances of the. definite article (Lichtenheld 1872:332).
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