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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics

P. H. Matthews

North *Germanic, attested from the Middle Ages by literature in a form described as Old Norse, at a time when the differentiation of North Germanic into separate languages was still at an early stage. The spelling of Old Norse devised in the mid-12th century, which is set out and justified in the anonymous ‘First Grammatical Treatise’, is remarkable as an early application of the phonemic method.... ...

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