Old English and Its Closest Relatives: A Survey of the Earliest Germanic Languages / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Product dimensions:||6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.