Concept of text

bpj at bpj at
Fri Apr 11 15:47:55 UTC 1997

At 14:18 11.4.1997 +0100, W Trimble wrote:
> (If there is an
>>Indo-European tradition of using the 'warp' as the basis for text, then we
>>may have to re-work the hypothesis.)
>There is always the possibility that all of these derivations are not
>related etymologically, but pragmatically.  Perhaps a member of the list
>familiar with Hebrew or other Semitic languages that have such a strong
>relationship with *The Book* could contribute some valuable similarities or

In Old Norse the verb "hverfa" 'to spin' can be used of poetic activity,
and the poem itself can be called "tha'ttr" 'thread'! Obviously spinning
must be taken into consideration too; after all it is prerequisite to
warping and weaving.


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