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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Játgeirr Torfason, Lausavísa, 1 [Vol. 2, 652-3]

[7] ‘lay’: So F, 42ˣ. Lá at lit. ‘lay at, lay that’ or negated lá-at ‘did not lie’ (so E, 81a, 304ˣ, Flat) is either unmetrical (lá at) or makes little sense (lá-at). Skj B takes at as the conj. at ‘that’ introducing the last cl. Such a construction does not otherwise occur, because the finite verb cannot occur in preposition to the conj. (see Kuhn 1983, 118).


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