Introduction to Old English / Edition 2

Introduction to Old English / Edition 2

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by Peter S. Baker
     
 

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 the original and includes an expanded anthology and new, easy-to-use glossary.

The book’s rich pedagogy includes basic grammar reviews at the beginning of

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Overview

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 the original and includes an expanded anthology and new, easy-to-use glossary.

The book’s rich pedagogy includes basic grammar reviews at the beginning of each major chapter, covering the foundations of Old English. Other features include “minitexts” for practice in reading the language, and a detailed introduction to meter and style that eases the transition from prose to poetry. The original anthology of 14 readings has also been expanded to include four new texts: Ælfric's Sermon on the Book of Job; The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle entry (1087) on William the Conqueror; The Voyages of Ohthere and Wulfstan from the Old English Orosius; and The Battle of Maldon.

Introduction to Old English is an essential text for all students encountering the field for the first time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405152723
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
How to use this book
1The Anglo-Saxons and Their Language1
2Pronunciation11
3Basic Grammar: A Review22
4Case34
5Pronouns41
6Nouns50
7Verbs62
8Adjectives87
9Numerals93
10Adverbs, Conjunctions and Prepositions96
11Concord103
12Word-order112
13Metre119
14Poetic Style129
15The Grammar of Poetry142
16Reading Old English Manuscripts152
App. ACommon Spelling Variants160
App. BPhonetic Symbols and Terms163
Anthology166
Glossary229
References318
Further Reading324
Index328

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