A Gentle Introduction to Old English / Edition 1

A Gentle Introduction to Old English / Edition 1

by Murray McGillivray
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Broadview Press
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A Gentle Introduction to Old English / Edition 1

This book is designed to ease the beginner into competent reading of Old English texts. It presents the essential points of Old English grammar and also includes a selection of short, relatively simple original language texts, glossed and annotated. Numerous practice exercises are also included throughout. A companion website includes additional interactive exercises, a fuller grammar, and further original language texts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781551118413
Publisher: Broadview Press
Publication date: 10/15/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 472,683
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Some Grammatical Terminology You Will Need
Chapter 2: Pronunciation and Spelling of Old English
Chapter 3: Strong Nouns and an Introduction to Old English Cases
Chapter 4: Demonstratives; Nominative and Genitive Cases
Chapter 5: A Few Old English Verbs; Accusative and Dative Cases
Chapter 6: Weak Verbs: Subjunctive, Participles, Infinitives
Chapter 7: Strong Nouns and Cases
Chapter 8: Strong Verbs; Personal Pronouns
Chapter 9: Weak Nouns and Noun Oddities; Numerals
Chapter 10: Adjectives
Chapter 11: Word Order in Noun Phrases and Sentences; the Subjunctive
Chapter 12: Old English Metre, Poetic Diction, and Poetic Syntax

Prose Readings

  • Abraham and Isaac
    The Birth of Jesus
    The Story of Ohthere
    Aelfric’s Colloquy

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