Mittwoch, 24. Juni 2015

Addendum to The oldest Old Frisian

According to the information given in friesch dagblad the other discovered Old Frisian words are:

herte ande lenden god

This glosses the Latin text (Psalm 7:10 [the other words are glosses to Psalm 7:3]) corda et renes, Deus.

A photograph of these fragments doesn't seem to be circulating until now ...

Dienstag, 23. Juni 2015

The oldest Old Frisian

A spectacular new find of Old Frisian by Erika Langbroek from Amsterdam has unveiled the oldest Old Frisian (apart from the Frisian runic inscriptions) (Oudste Fries op perkament; Lesa mi, helpa mi). There seem to have been discovered eight  words. Two now already spread sequences are lesa mi and helpe mi, which are glosses to Latin psalm texts:

redimat neque
lesa       mi

saluum faciat
helpe    mi

According to Han Nijdam this text fragments are some one hundred years older than what was known until now: "Dit nije fragmint toant oan dat der al koart nei 1100 Aldfrysk skreaun waard."

The fragments will be treated in an article by Erika Langbroek that will be published in the Amsterdamer Beiträge zur älteren Germanistik.

This gives hope that more can be discovered!