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This accessible introductory reference source surveys the linguistic and cultural background of the earliest known Germanic languages and examines their similarities and differences. The Languages covered include:Gothic Old Norse Old SaxonOld English Old Low Franconian Old High German Written in a lively style, each chapter opens with a brief cultural history of the people who used the language, followed by selected authentic and translated texts and an examination of particular areas including grammar, pronunciation, lexis, dialect variation and borrowing, textual transmission, analogy and drift.
|1||The Germanic Language Family||1|
|2||Germanic: A Grammatical Sketch||24|
|8||Old Low Franconian||199|
|9||Old High German||222|
|10||The Grouping of the Germanic Languages||247|
|Appendix: Translations of Readings||265|
Posted March 9, 2013
First off this book could have just as well been titled "The Germanic Language Family" since it covers the Nordic family of languages as well as Dutch, Frisian and the German languages equally. Mr. Robinson does a wonderful job covering a subject which ranges from the history of the major Migration Era Germanic tribes to the High German Consonant shift, gemination, fricatives and other building blocks of Phonology. There is also some discussion of syntax, grammar with a fascinating side-trip into epic poetry. But don't be afraid - if you jump into this book you'll quickly discover that the author expertly guides you through the concepts (large and small) to the point where reading verses in ancient Gothic is possible, even for a reader like me who hasn't used the word garund in over 30 years and can say only a few words in a non-English language.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.