Old English and Its Closest Relatives: A Survey of the Earliest Germanic Languages / Edition 1

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Overview


“The task of writing a book like Robinson’s is very difficult. His contains much to be admired and is a worthy handbook. . . . Good students can learn much from the wealth of information in the present work, and it is to be recommended to them.”—Journal of English and Germanic Philology
“This generally engaging work is well-thought out and well-organized. . . . Robinson has written [a book] that deserves attention.”—Colloquia Germanica
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"The task of writing a book like Robinson's is very difficult. His contains much to be admired and is a worthy handbook ... Good students can learn much from the wealth of information in the present work, and it is to be recommended to them."—Journal of English and Germanic Philology

"This generally engaging work is well-thought out and well-organized. . . . Robinson has written [a book] that deserves attention."—Colloquia Germanica

"[Old English and its closest relatives] is well designed and well written. It is thorough, yet not too encumbered by linguistic facts and linguistic jargon. . . . [Robinson's] goal, to introduce the reader to the earliest Germanic languages and their interdialectal relations, has been masterfully accomplished."—The German Quarterly

"There is much to be valued in this book, the strength of which lies in bringing together representative texts and concise but generally informative discussions of historical background, grammar, versification, and the like, and unified by chapters on the Germanic language family and its grammatical system."—Germanic Notes and Reviews

"This book certainly fills a gap. Without it, one would have to assemble a set of handbooks of the old dialects. These would have the disadvantage of various degrees of outdatedness and divergent arrangement of materials. Robinson brings the grammatical material into alignment in a manageable number of features, selected for their significance as means of comparison. . . . The readings give some impression of the variety of language and genre, while the tribal histories add a touch of life to a possibly dry topic. . . . The focus of the work is linguistic, and in this respect there is much to admire in the selection and parallel organization of the material."—Seminar

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804722216
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 702,132
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
1 The Germanic Language Family 1
2 Germanic: A Grammatical Sketch 24
3 Gothic 43
4 Old Norse 69
5 Old Saxon 100
6 Old English 136
7 Old Frisian 176
8 Old Low Franconian 199
9 Old High German 222
10 The Grouping of the Germanic Languages 247
Appendix: Translations of Readings 265
Reference Matter 277
Bibliography 279
Index 285
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  • Posted March 9, 2013

    Excellent Book. Covers a Huge Territory in a modest sized book

    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.

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