Toporova, T. V.

Old Germanic Cosmography: Language and Myth
1999 0-7734-3212-4
The well-known specialist in Old German literature explains here the relationships between language and myth at the area of cosmogony interpreted as a basis of the internal dynamics of Old Germanic mythology. Using the creation myth as the basis to structure the numerous mythological data, the author classifies them on the axiological scale of the Old Germanic model of the universe. The author reconstructs the various mythological topics, motives and mythologemes and gives their linguistic equivalents and Indo-European parallels (both mythological and linguistic ones). The book is intended for specialists in the field of Old Germanic languages, comparative linguistics, literature, ethnography and cultural studies. In Russian