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Note to Anon Mv II 13VII

[8] stár ‘stands’: This is the 3rd pers. sg. pres. indic. of a verb stá ‘stand’ (instead of the regular standa ‘stand’), a late, analogous formation (cf. ‘go’ and ganga ‘go’; see ANG §504, Anm. 4). Stá ‘stand’ is earliest attested in prose in 1459, and it also occurs in old rímur (see Schottmann 1973, 352).


  1. Bibliography
  2. ANG = Noreen, Adolf. 1923. Altnordische Grammatik I: Altisländische und altnorwegische Grammatik (Laut- und Flexionslehre) unter Berücksichtigung des Urnordischen. 4th edn. Halle: Niemeyer. 1st edn. 1884. 5th unrev. edn. 1970. Tübingen: Niemeyer.
  3. Schottmann, Hans. 1973. Die isländische Mariendichtung. Untersuchungen zur volkssprachigen Mariendichtung des Mittelalters. Münchner germanistische Beiträge 9. Munich: Fink.


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