Reading Old English: A Primer and First Reader, Revised Edition

Reading Old English: A Primer and First Reader, Revised Edition

by ROBERT HASENFRATZ, THOMAS JAMBECK
     
 

With the immersion method dominating contemporary language learning, the knowledge of traditional grammar is at a low ebb, creating real barriers to any student wanting to learning dead or historical languages. This revised edition of Reading Old English aims to equip readers (advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and autodidacts) with the necessary tools to

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Overview

With the immersion method dominating contemporary language learning, the knowledge of traditional grammar is at a low ebb, creating real barriers to any student wanting to learning dead or historical languages. This revised edition of Reading Old English aims to equip readers (advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and autodidacts) with the necessary tools to read the oldest recorded forms of the English language by explaining key language features clearly and methodically, without simplifying any of the core grammatical concepts. It includes a number of helpful exercises, a variety of interesting and unusual Old English texts to translate, as well as appendices covering the basics of traditional grammar and sound changes in Old English, along with an introduction to poetic structure.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933202747
Publisher:
West Virginia University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
577
Sales rank:
316,319
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Hasenfratz  is Professor of Medieval Studies, University of Connecticut and editor of Ancrene Wisse. Thomas J. Jambeck is Professor of Medieval Studies, University of Connecticut and author of Grammar and the Strategies of Writing.

Table of Contents

Preface
How to use this book
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations

Chapter 1: Old English Alphabets and Pronunciation

Chapter 2: Getting Started: Nouns

Chapter 3: “Weak” Nouns and Regular Verbs

Chapter 4: Weak Verbs Class III and Irregular Verbs

Chapter 5: Learning How to Translate

Chapter 6: Adjectives and Adverbs, Prepositions

Chapter 7: Personal Pronous, Reflexives, Relatives

Chapter 8: Strong Verbs I

Chapter 9: Strong Verbs II

Chapter 10: Rarer Noun Forms

Chapter 11: Contract Verbs, Impersonal Constructions

Appendix 1: A Basic Introduction to Traditional Grammar
Appendix 2: Summary of Sound Changes
Additional Readings
Main Glossary
 

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