A Guide to Old English / Edition 7by Bruce Mitchell, Fred C. Robinson
Pub. Date: 12/13/2006
For more than 30 years, A Guide to Old English has been the standard introduction to Old English language and literature. This updated seventh edition retains the structure and style of the popular previous editions, and includes two new, much-requested texts – the Cotton Gnomes and Wulfstan’s Sermo Lupi ad Anglos – and two new appendices: A List of Linguistic Terms Used in This Book and The Moods of Old English.
The book is composed of two parts. Part One presents an introduction to the Old English language, including orthography and pronunciation, inflexions, word formation, and an authoritative section on syntax. This is followed by an introduction to Anglo-Saxon studies, which discusses language, literature, history, archaeology, and ways of life. Sound-changes are treated as they become relevant in understanding apparent irregularities in inflexion. Part Two contains prose and verse texts, most of them complete, which fully reveal the range that Old English offers in subject matter, style, and emotional intensity. Full explanatory notes accompany all the texts, and a detailed glossary is provided.
The new edition of this highly-acclaimed Guide is an essential reference for anyone wanting to gain a greater understanding and enjoyment of the language and literature of the Anglo-Saxons.
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Table of Contents
Foreword to the Sixth Edition.
Foreword to the Seventh Edition.
Map of Anglo-Saxon England.
Abbreviations and Symbols.
How to Use this Guide.
1. Preliminary Remarks on the Language.
2. Orthography and Pronunciation.
ii. Nouns and Sound-Changes Relevant to Them:.
Some Technical Terms.
Strong Nouns like stān (Masc.) and scip (Neut.).
Masculine and Neuter Nouns in -e.
Strong Feminine Nouns.
Nouns Affected by i-Mutation.
Stem Changes in Adjectives.
Comparison of Adjectives.
iv. Observations on Noun, Adjective, and Pronoun Declensions.
vi. Strong Verbs and Sound-Changes Relevant to Them:.
Principal Parts of the Strong Verbs.
Influence of Initial ġ, sc, ċ.
Influence of Nasals.
Summary of the Strong Verbs of Class III.
The Effects of Sound-Changes on Other Strong Verbs.
Strong Verbs of Class VII.
Grimm's Law and Verner's Law.
Conjugation of the Strong Verb.
vii. Weak Verbs and Sound-Changes Relevant to Them:.
viii. Anomalous Verbs:.
Dōn and gān.
ix. Is a Verb Strong or Weak? To which Class does it Belong?.
4. Word Formation.
ii. The Addition of Affixes:.
ii. Sentence Structure:.
Recapitulation and Anticipation.
The Splitting of Heavy Groups.
iii. Noun Classes:.
Dependent Statements and Desires.
The Accusative and Infinitive.
iv. Adjective Clauses:.
Definite Adjective Clauses.
Indefinite Adjective Clauses.
v. Adverb Clauses:.
An Exercise in Analysis.
Clauses of Place.
Clauses of Time.
Clauses of Purpose and Result.
Clauses of Comparison.
Clauses of Concession.
Clauses of Condition.
Adverb Clauses Expressing Other Relationships.
Other Ways of Expressing Adverbial Relationships.
List of Conjunctions and Adverbs Commonly Used.
Parataxis without Conjunctions.
Some Special Idioms.
1. Nouns, Pronouns and their Modifiers.
2. Pronouns and their Antecedents.
3. Subject and Verb.
viii. The Uses of the Cases:.
ix. Articles, Pronouns, and Numerals:.
Articles and Pronouns.
The Uses of the Present and Preterite Tenses.
The Resolved Tenses:.
The Verb 'to have' as an Auxiliary.
The Verb 'to be' as an Auxiliary of Tense.
Other Uses of the Present and Past Participles.
The Uses of the Infinitives.
The 'Modal' Auxiliaries:.
List of Prepositions.
6. An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Studies.
i. Some Significant Dates.
List of Abbreviated Titles.
Weapons and Warfare.
Life and Dress.
Architecture and Buildings.
Sculpture and Carving.
Jewellery and Metalwork.
Manuscripts and Runic Inscriptions.
The Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial.
Changes in English.
The Danish Invasions.
The Norman Conquest.
7. Select Bibliography.
Chapter 1 Preliminary Remarks on the Language.
Chapter 2 Orthography and Pronunciation.
Chapter 3 Inflexions.
Chapter 4 Word Formation.
Chapter 5 Syntax.
Chapter 6 Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Studies.
History of English Prose.
Changes of Meaning.
Appreciation of the Poetry.
The Use of Oral Formulae.
Appendix A Strong Verbs.
Appendix B Some Effects of i-Mutation.
Appendix C Metre.
Appendix D List of Linguistic Terms Used in this Book.
Appendix E The Moods of Old English.
Part II: Prose and Verse Texts:.
1. Practice Sentences.
2. Two Old Testament Pieces:.
The Fall of Man.
Abraham and Isaac.
3. A Colloquy on the Occupations.
4. Two Characteristic Prose Works by Ælfric:.
Preface to Genesis.
St. Edmund, King and Martyr.
5. Alfred the Great's Preface to his Translation of Gregory's Pastoral Care.
6. Cynewulf and Cyneheard.
7. Selections from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.
8. Bede's Account of the Conversion of King Edwin.
9. Bede's Account of the Poet Cædmon.
10. The Goths and Boethius: Prose and Verse from the Introduction to King Alfred's Boethius Translation.
11. (a)–(p) Riddles.
12. The Battle of Maldon.
13. The Ruin.
14. The Dream of the Rood.
15. The Wife's Lament.
16. The Wanderer.
17. The Seafarer.
18. Four excerpts from Beowulf:.
(a) Beowulf's Fight with Grendel.
(b) Beowulf Consoles Hrothgar for Æschere's Death.
(c) The Lament of the Last Survivor.
(d) Beowulf's Funeral.
19. Wulf and Eadwacer.
21. Cotton Gnomes or Maxims.
22. Sermo Lupi ad Anglos.
A Note on the Punctuation of Old English Poetry.
Indexes to Part One:.
Index of Subjects.
Index of Words
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