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Old English Nerthus Lexical Database (Updated Version July 2014)

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posted on 2022-12-14, 12:47 authored by Woruldhord Project Team

For the latest version please see the following: Nerthus. A lexical database of Old English. The initial headword list 2007-2009. Working Papers in Early English Lexicology and Lexicography 1 ( Nerthus. Outline of a Lexicon of Old English. Working Papers in Early English Lexicology and Lexicography 3 ( The aim of the Nerthus project is to provide an exhaustive description of the lexicon of Old English on the grounds of a functionally oriented linguistic theory. In its present state, the lexical database Nerthus contains ca. 30,000 entries, which can be accessed online by a web browser ( In the short run, Nerthus will be concerned with word-formation phenomena mainly: while the current version offers the historical dimension, the synchronic part of the project, involving a detailed analysis of zero-derivation, affixation and compounding, is still in progress. In the medium run, the description of the lexicon of Old English will expand further into syntax by relating meaning definitions to logical structures of linguistic expressions containing lexical and syntactic information, as proposed by functional theories of language.




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Javier Martín Arista (project leader), Elisa González Torres, Roberto Torre Alonso, Gema Maíz Villalta Carmen Novo Urraca, Raquel Vea Escarza, Raquel Mateo Mendaza


Nerthus Project, Universidad de La Rioja

Intended Audience

6. 2nd Level Higher Education (e.g. research degrees, PhDs)