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Old English and its closest relatives : a survey of the earliest Germanic languages

Author: Orrin W Robinson
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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At first glance, there may seem little reason to think of English and German as variant forms of a single language. There are enormous differences between the two in pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar, and a monolingual speaker of one cannot understand the other at all. Yet modern English and German have many points in common, and if we go back to the earliest texts available in the two languages, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Orrin W Robinson
ISBN: 0804714541 9780804714549 0804722218 9780804722216
OCLC Number: 22811452
Description: ix, 290 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The Germanic language family --
Germanic : a grammatical sketch --
Gothic --
Old Norse --
Old Saxon --
Old English --
Old Frisian --
Old Low Franconian --
Old High German --
The grouping of the Germanic languages --
Appendix : translations of readings.
Responsibility: Orrin W. Robinson.
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This book surveys the linguistic and cultural backgrounds of the earliest known Germanic languages, members of what has traditionally been known as the English family tree.  Read more...

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