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Alessandro Palumbo

doktorand vid Institutionen för nordiska språk

018-471 1291
Engelska parken, Thunbergsv 3 L
Box 527
751 20 UPPSALA

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Doctoral student since 2014, writing a dissertation in runology about the development of the runic alphabet and orthography in late medieval Swedish inscriptions.

Mina kurser


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Research interests

  • Runology
  • Historical graphemics and phonology
  • Digital Palaeography
  • Scandinavian philology


Academic background

  • PhD student at the Department of Scandinavian Languages, Uppsala University, January 2014–
  • Research fellow in the project "Reading and interpreting runic inscriptions: the theory and method of runology", at Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo, spring term 2014
  • BA, Bridging Teacher Education Programme, Uppsala University, December 2013
  • Collaborator in the project "Heliga Birgittas uppenbarelser på fornsvenska", Centre for Medieval Studies at Stockholm University and Department of Scandinavian Languages at Uppsala University, November–December 2012
  • MA, Master Programme in Swedish, Uppsala University, July 2012
  • Trainee at Svenskt Diplomatarium at the Swedish National Archives, Stockholm, September 2011.


Presentations at universities, research institutions and conferences

  • a- och æ-runor en kvistig fråga. Runråd, 12th full-day colloquium in runic studies, Uppsala, March 30, 2017.
  • Among demons and Ave Marias: runes and the supernatural on medieval amulets. North and Magic, Università di Napoli L'Orientale, November 30 - December 1, 2016.
  • Le rune: cosa sono e a cosa servono. Università Ca' Foscari, Venezia, November 24, 2016.
  • Huvudsats eller bisats? Tvetydiga subjektslösa satser i svenska runinskrifter. Svenska språkets historia 14, University of Vaasa, 9-10 June, 2016.
  • Medeltida runformer i Åbo. Runråd, 11th full-day colloquium in runic studies, University of Turku, April 18, 2016.
  • Rune vichinghe e rune medievali: continuità e riforma. Università degli studi di Napoli "L'Orientale", November 17, 2015.
  • Runic (Re)Forms in Late Medieval Sweden. International Medieval Congress, Leeds, July 6-9, 2015.
  • Utilizzi e funzioni delle iscrizioni runiche svedesi: necrologi, testamenti o professioni di fede? Università degli studi di Napoli "L'Orientale", December 2, 2014.
  • Graphonomical analysis of runic graphs and the use of runic forms in medieval Gotland. The 8th International Symposium on Runes and Runic Inscriptions, Nyköping, September 1–6, 2014.
  • Grafonomi och runor. The 27th Meeting of Field Runologists, Oslo, April 4-6, 2014.
  • Establishing graph-types and graph-type variants in Swedish medieval runic inscriptions. Graphonomy Workshop at Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo, February 17, 2014.


Departmental service


Research project

In my dissertation, I study the use of the runic script in the Swedish runic inscriptions from the Late Middle Ages. After the Viking Age, the runic alphabet is still in use in many regions of Sweden. During these centuries, the Viking Age fuþark is expanded with a number of new runes, at the same time as the function of some of the already existing runes changes. Despite the great importance of this material as a linguistic source for Old Swedish, this corpus has never been object of a comprehensive study.

My research project consists of two main parts: 1) a palaeographic investigation and 2) a graphemic analysis of these inscriptions.

The purpose of the palaeographic study is firstly to develop a typological model to describe and catalogue runic graphs into graph-types and graph-type variants. Secondly, my aim is to study the distribution of the runic forms from a chronological and geographical perspective, as well as to investigate their use with regard to specific types of material and ways of production.

In the second part, I discuss different theoretical and methodological approaches for the graphemic analysis of runic evidence. The aim is to describe the graphemic system of the medieval Swedish runic inscriptions, and to account for its changes through time and space.

Supervisors: Henrik WilliamsUlla Stroh-Wollin


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