Date of Award

Spring 5-29-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Marlene Hennessy

Second Advisor

Amy Moorman Robbins

Academic Program Adviser

Janet Neary


This paper examines the nature of oral communication within medieval Nordic societies, specifically focusing on the usage of various speech acts in classic Viking literary texts. This essay explores the language employed by Viking characters, noting the ways in which they could demonstrate their power/authority through words as well as the way in which verbal ability could either elevate or diminish one’s social status.



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