Noun Formation in Nordic

The aim of this Ph.D. project and the resulting thesis is to identify the precise, historical circumstances concerning nominal word formation in the oldest North Germanic language (henceforward Old Norse will be used as a generic term) and its dialects. In other words, it will be investigated how nouns and adjectives are formed in Old Norse, and what the prehistory of these types of noun formation turn out to be. Old Norse is, in this context, defined as the common North Germanic language or linguistic stage from which modern languages such as Icelandic, Faroese, Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish have developed. Hence follows that this Ph.D. project will investigate a niche of our own and our neighbouring language in order to put the results into a larger European and even Indo-European framework.

The individual types of noun formation will be arranged and investigated according to mainly phonotactic criteria, which is also mirrored in the research plan below, and to all primary noun formation types (stem classes), an appendix or a subchapter on their inflection will be included.

The project, which is is rooted at the research centre Roots of Europe, will, thus, in close cooperation with similar projects on the history of other European languages and on European archaeology, religion, genetics etc., contribute partly to the formation of a hopefully uniform picture on prehistoric Europe and, as a consequence of that, on the roots of modern Europe and the modern Europeans, partly to a co-European consciousness of the common cultural and ethnical identity and origin of the Europeans.

Research plan (revised edition, July 2011)

In order to ensure the highest possible amount of synergy and mutual benefit from the scholarly cooperation within Roots of Europe, this Ph.D. project aims at following a research plan which is, to maximum practicable extent, parallel to the plans of the compatible subprojects of the research centre, cf. the research and activity plan of Roots of Europe and the account given below.

First semester (1/9-2010 - 27/5-2011, extended due to paternity leave within the period):

  • Preliminary gathering of data and relevant literature
  • Deliberations concerning the theory and methodology of the project
  • Selection of the noun formation types (suffixes etc.) to be investigated further
  • Participation in Ph.D. courses corresponding to 7,4 ECTS points
  • Duty-work corresponding to 375,5 working hours

Second semester (28/5-2011 - 27/11-2011):

  • Treatment of the inflectional morphemes of all consonant stem types
  • Treatment of root nouns
  • Treatment of nasal and liquid stems (incl. secondary derivations)
  • In-process editing and updating of the list of noun formation types (--> selectional chapter of the thesis) and of the working paper on theoretical and methodological deliberations
  • Participation in Ph.D. courses corresponding to 7,2 ECTS points
  • Duty-work corresponding to 35 working hours

Third semester (28/11-2011 - 27/5-2012):

  • Treatment of the inflectional morphemes of i- and u-stems
  • Treatment of i- and u-stems (incl. secondary derivations)
  • Further treatment of nasal and liquid stems if necessary
  • In-process editing and updating of the list of noun formation types (--> selectional chapter of the thesis) and of the working paper on theoretical and methodological deliberations
  • Participation in Ph.D. courses corresponding to 7,4 ECTS points
  • Duty-work corresponding to 275 working hours

Fourth semester (28/5-2012 - 27/11-2012):

  • Treatment of the inflectional morphemes of thematic stems (= Indo-European o- and ā-stems)
  • Treatment of  thematic stems (= Indo-European o- and ā-stems)
  • Treatment of s- and t-stems (incl. secondary derivations)
  • In-process editing and updating of the list of noun formation types (--> selectional chapter of the thesis) and of the working paper on theoretical and methodological deliberations
  • Participation in Ph.D. courses corresponding to 3,6 ECTS points
  • Duty-work corresponding to 115 working hours

Fifth semester (28/11-2012 - 27/5-2013):

  • Treatment of heteroclitic stems, primarily r/n- and l/n stems (incl. secondary derivations)
  • Treatment of plosive stems (incl. secondary derivations)
  • Treatment of other possible suffix types
  • Treatment of non-suffixal noun formation types (composition, internal derivation hypostases etc.)
  • In-process editing and updating of the list of noun formation types (--> selectional chapter of the thesis) and of the working paper on theoretical and methodological deliberations
  • Participation in Ph.D. courses corresponding to 3,1 ECTS points
  • Duty-work corresponding to 0-40 working hours

Sixth semester (28/5-2013 - 27/11-2013):

  • Researching abroad (Háskóli Íslands, Reykjavík)
  • Finishing and corrections, incl. introduction, selectional chapter and conclusion
  • Participation in Ph.D. courses (value of 1,1 ECTS point)
  • Duty-work corresponding to 0-40 working hours
  • Handing in of Ph.D. thesis for assessment in the end of November 2013

Scholar in charge

Bjarne Simmelkjær Sandgaard Hansen
 

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