Germanic Lexicon Project
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long sword -- Matches all entries which contain both words anywhere in the entry. (An entry which contains only one of the search terms doesn't match.)
long -sword -- Matches all entries which contain long but which don't include the word sword.
Case does not matter. River, RIVER, and river will return the same results.
There is more than one way to enter special (non-ASCII) characters. See this chart for details. One option is to enter special characters as entities; for example, you can type búton as búton. Here are some entities for the special characters which occur the most frequently in these texts:
á á ð ð é é þ þ í í æ æ ó ó æ-acute; ú ú
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What texts are included
The following texts are currently included in this search database:
Authors Year Language Correction status Fick, Falk, and Torp 1909 Proto-Germanic Hand-corrections completed Bosworth and Toller 1898/1921 Old English In progress, mostly not corrected Cleasby and Vigfusson 1874 Old Icelandic In progress, mostly not corrected Bright 1912 Anglo-Saxon Reader (Glossary only) Wright 1910 Grammar of the Gothic Language (Glossary only)
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