An Introduction to Old English
This accessible overview covers all the basic linguistic elements of Old English, including nouns, adjectives, verbs, syntax, word order, and vocabulary. Offering a unique study of Old English in context, it combines a wide variety of short texts with an up-to-date assessment of the forms of language that remain as the foundation of English today. Comparisons are drawn between Old and present-day English and also with other related languages such as Dutch, German, and French. Old English poetry and dialect variation are also discussed.
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Ablaut accusative adjectives advb allitetation areas Chapter class I verbs clause compound considetable consonant construction context cortesponding course dative declension demonsttative dialects discussion distinction Dutch element Elfric English and present-day feminine Firstly French fricative further geminate gender genitive Germanic languages grammatical grammatical gender half-line hine historical i-mutation important inflection Late West Saxon later Latin linguistic loan words masculine meaning Middle English Middle English period modal morphology mutation namely neuter nominative nominative-accusative normal Nortbumhrian noun phrase occurs Old English period Old English poetry origin paradigm past participle pattern phoneme phonology possible prefix prep preposition present tense present-day English present-day language pron pronouns purb Scandinavian seen sentence Sing sound change stem vowel stressed syllable strong verbs structure subjunctive suffix syntax Tbus texts University Press unstressed usage variation verb-second Verner's Law vocabulary weak verbs word order
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