Full text: Interferenz-Onomastik

function of the Frankish superstrate. This paper tries to demonstrate that this 
support function lies particularly in the setting of new social norms which 
were no longer satisfying traditional Romance names ending in -us or -0, at 
least in the contact area of Roman and „Barbarian“ cultures in the north of the 
Gaul. With the progressive weakening of the ending syllables of these names 
during the 7th century, it was no longer possible to identify with certainty the 
gender of the name bearers. So the number of names with an w-inflection 
increased consequently in the early Middle Ages, particularly in the oblique 
case, because these forms allowed to avoid homonyms. It is not astonishing 
that the forms of the 2nd declension were conserved above all in the nomina¬ 
tive case as the final -s represented a gender marker. 

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