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Introduction to Old English

Author: Peter S Baker
Publisher: Oxford : Blackwell, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Introduction to Old English is the leading text available designed to help students engage with Old English literary and historical texts for the first time. This new edition builds on the success of  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter S Baker
ISBN: 9781405152723 1405152729
OCLC Number: 81453301
Language Note: Text in English and Old English.
Notes: Originally published: 2003.
Description: xv, 388 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface. How to use this book. 1. The Anglo-Saxons and Their Language. 1.1 Who Were They?. 1.2 Where Did Their Language Come From?. 1.3 What Was Old English Like?. 1.4 Old English Dialects. 2. Pronunciation. 2.1 Quick Start. 2.2 More About Vowels. 2.3 More About c and g. 2.4 Syllable Length. 2.5 Accentuation. 2.6 On-line Pronunciation Practice. 2.7 Summary. 3. Basic Grammar: A Review. 3.1 Parts of Speech. 3.2 Phrases. 3.3 Clauses. 3.4 Elements of the Sentence or Clause. 4. Case. 4.1 What is Case?. 4.2 Uses of the Cases. 5. Pronouns. 5.1 Quick Start. 5.2 More about Personal and Demonstrative Pronouns. 5.3 Interrogative Pronouns. 5.4 Indefinite Pronouns. 5.5 Relative Pronouns. 5.6 Reflexive Pronouns. 5.7 Reciprocal Pronouns. 6. Nouns. 6.1 Quick Start. 6.2 More about Strong Nouns. 6.3 Minor Declensions. 7. Verbs. 7.1 Quick Start. 7.2 More about Endings. 7.3 More about Weak Verbs. 7.4 More about Strong Verbs. 7.5 Verbs with Weak Presents and Strong Pasts. 7.6 More about Preterite-Present Verbs. 7.7 Don, gan, willan. 7.8 Negation. 7.9 The Verbals. 7.10 The Subjunctive. 8. Adjectives. 8.1 Quick Start. 8.2 Strong Adjectives. 8.3 Weak Adjectives. 8.4 Comparison of Adjectives. 9. Numerals. 9.1 Quick Start. 9.2 Cardinal Numbers. 9.3 Ordinal Numbers. 10. Adverbs, Conjunctions and Prepositions. 10.1 Quick Start. 10.2 Adverbs. 10.3 Conjunctions. 10.4 Correlation. 10.5 Prepositions. 11. Concord. 11.1 Quick Start. 11.2 Subject and Verb. 11.3 Pronoun and Antecedent. 11.4 Noun and Modifiers. 11.5 Bad Grammar?. 12. Word-order. 12.1 Quick Start. 12.2 Subject-Verb. 12.3 Verb-Subject. 12.4 Subject ... Verb. 12.5 Correlation. 12.6 Periphrastic Verbs. 13. Metre. 13.1 Alliteration. 13.2 Rhythm. 14. Poetic Style. 14.1 Vocabulary. 14.2 Variation. 14.3 Formulas. 15. The Grammar of Poetry. 15.1 Inflections. 15.2 Syntax. 16. Reading Old English Manuscripts. 16.1 Construction of the Manuscript. 16.2 The Old English Alphabet. 16.3 Abbreviations. 16.4 Punctuation and Capitalization. 16.5 Word- and Line-division. 16.6 Errors and Corrections. Appendix A Common Spelling Variants. A.1 Vowels of Accented Syllables. A.2 Unaccented Syllables. A.3 Consonants. Appendix B Phonetic Symbols and Terms. B.1 International Phonetic Alphabet symbols. B.2 Phonetic Terms. Appendix C Further Reading. C.1 General Works. C.2 Grammars. C.3 Dictionaries and Concordances. C.4 Bibliographies. C.5 Old English Texts and Translations. C.6 Literary Criticism; Sources and Analogues; Metre. C.7 History and Culture. C.8 Manuscripts, Art and Archaeology. C.9 On-line Aids. C.10 One-line Amusements. Anthology. 1 The Fall of Adam and Eve. 2 The Life of St Athelthryth. 3 Alfric on the Book of Job. 4 Cynewulf and Cyneheard. 5 The Martyrdom of Alfheah. 6 William the Conqueror. 7 Sermo Lupi ad Anglos. 8 Ohthere and Wulfstan. 9 The Story of Cadmon. 10 Boethius on Fame. 11 A Lyric for Advent. 12 The Battle of Maldon. 13 The Wanderer. 14 The Dream of the Rood. 15 Wulf and Eadwacer. 16 The Wife's Lament. 17 The Husband's Message. 18 Judith. Textual Notes. Glossary. References. Index
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