Reading Old English / Edition 1

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"Other introductory texts seem reluctant to abandon the 'serious' philological and historical background to Old English, a reluctance that can have serious consequences for the subject's appeal to today's students. By focusing on the main goal of learning to translate Old English texts, students gain access to this fascinating body of literature much more quickly. Their confidence is bolstered, and as my experience has shown, many of them go on to learn more about the language and culture once they have mastered the basics. In short, this approach generates enthusiasm and a desire to learn, rather than stifling it." David F. Johnson, Florida State University

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"Other introductory texts seem reluctant to abandon the 'serious' philological and historical background to Old English, a reluctance that can have serious consequences for the subject's appeal to today's students. By focusing on the main goal of learning to translate Old English texts, students gain access to this fascinating body of literature much more quickly. Their confidence is bolstered, and as my experience has shown, many of them go on to learn more about the language and culture once they have mastered the basics. In short, this approach generates enthusiasm and a desire to learn, rather than stifling it." David F. Johnson, Florida State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933202013
  • Publisher: West Virginia University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 554
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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"Other introductory texts seem reluctant to abandon the 'serious' philological and historical background to Old English, a reluctance that can have serious consequences for the subject's appeal to today's students. By focusing on the main goal of learning to translate Old English texts, students gain access to this fascinating body of literature much more quickly. Their confidence is bolstered, and as my experience has shown, many of them go on to learn more about the language and culture once they have mastered the basics. In short, this approach generates enthusiasm and a desire to learn, rather than stifling it." David F. Johnson, Florida State University

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Old English alphabets and pronunciation 1
Ch. 2 Getting started : nouns 29
Ch. 3 "Weak" nouns and regular verbs 59
Ch. 4 Weak verbs class III and irregular verbs 89
Ch. 5 Learning how to translate 115
Ch. 6 Adjectives and adverbs, prepositions 167
Ch. 7 Personal pronouns, reflexives, relatives 215
Ch. 8 Strong verbs I 253
Ch. 9 Strong verbs II 287
Ch. 10 Rarer noun forms 309
Ch. 11 Contract verbs, impersonal constructions 335
App. 1 A basic introduction to traditional grammar 357
App. 2 Summary of sound changes 397
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