Introduction to Old English

ISBN-10: 1405152729
ISBN-13: 9781405152723
Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)
Authors: Peter S. Baker
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Book details

List price: $54.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.660

This innovative introduction to the Old English language focuses on what students need to know in order to engage with Old English literary and historical texts. Designed for a new generation, the book assumes no expertise in traditional grammar or in other languages.

Peter S. Baker is a member of the Department of English, University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

Preface
Preface to the Second Edition
How to use this book
The Anglo-Saxons and Their Language
Who were they?
Where did their language come from?
What was Old English like?
The Indo-European languages
The Germanic languages
West Germanic and Low German
Old and Modern English
Old English dialects
Pronunciation
Quick Start
Vowels and diphthongs
Consonants
Sermonette
More about vowels
Short a, ae and ea
I-mutation
Silent e; o for u
More about c and g
Syllable length
Accentuation
On-line pronunciation practice
Summary
Basic Grammar: A Review
Parts of speech
Nouns
Pronouns
Verbs
Adjectives
Adverbs
Prepositions
Conjunctions
Interjections
Phrases
Clauses
Elements of the sentence or clause
Subject
Verb
Object
Complement
Predicate
Case
What is case?
Uses of the cases
Nominative
Accusative
Genitive
Dative
Instrumental
Pronouns
Quick start
Personal pronouns
Possessive adjectives
Demonstrative pronouns
More about personal and demonstrative pronouns
The dual number
Common spelling variants
Interrogative pronouns
Indefinite pronouns
Relative pronouns
Reflexive pronouns
Reciprocal pronouns
Nouns
Quick start
Strong nouns
Weak nouns
Athematic nouns
More about strong nouns
Two-syllable nouns
Nouns with changes in the stem syllable
Nouns with -w- or -g- before the ending
Minor declensions
u-stem nouns
Nouns of relationship
Nouns with -r- plurals
Nouns with -[thorn]- endings
Verbs
Quick start
Strong and weak verbs
Beon 'to be'
Preterite-present verbs
More about endings
Assimilation
Plurals ending in -e
Subjunctive plural endings
More about weak verbs
Classes 1 and 2
Class 1 weak verbs that change their vowels
Contracted verbs
Class 3 weak verbs
More about strong verbs
The strong verb classes
Verbs affected by grammatical alternation
Contracted verbs
Tips on strong verbs
Verbs with weak presents and strong pasts
More about preterite-present verbs
Don, gan, willan
Negation
The verbals
Infinitives
Participles
The subjunctive
Adjectives
Quick start
Strong adjectives
Weak adjectives
Comparison of adjectives
Numerals
Quick start
Cardinal numbers
Ordinal numbers
Adverbs, Conjunctions and Prepositions
Quick start
Adverbs
Comparison of adverbs
Conjunctions
Correlation
Prepositions
Concord
Quick start
Subject and verb
Impersonal verbs
Pronoun and antecedent
Noun and modifiers
Bad grammar?
Word-order
Quick start
Subject-Verb
Verb-Subject
Subject...Verb
Correlation
Anticipation
Periphrastic verbs
Metre
Alliteration
Rhythm
Lifts, half-lifts and drops
Rhythmic types
Hypermetric verses
Poetic Style
Vocabulary
Variation
Formulas
Phrases
Themes
Originality and quality
The Grammar of Poetry
Inflections
Pronouns
Verbs
Adjectives
Syntax
Omission of subjects and objects
Omission of prepositions
Adjectives used as nouns
Word-order
Independent and subordinate clauses
Reading Old English Manuscripts
Construction of the manuscript
The Old English alphabet
Abbreviations
Punctuation and capitalization
Word- and line-division
Errors and corrections
Common Spelling Variants
Vowels of accented syllables
Unaccented syllables
Consonants
Phonetic Symbols and Terms
International Phonetic Alphabet symbols
Phonetic terms
Further Reading
General works
Grammars
Dictionaries and concordances
Bibliographies
Old English texts and translations
Literary criticism; sources and analogues; metre
History and culture
Manuscripts, art and archaeology
On-line aids
On-line amusements
Anthology
The Fall of Adam and Eve
The Life of St Aethelthryth
Aelfric on the Book of Job
Cynewulf and Cyneheard
The Martyrdom of Aelfheah
William the Conqueror
Sermo Lupi ad Anglos
Ohthere and Wulfstan
The Story of Caedmon
Boethius on Fame
A Lyric for Advent
The Battle of Maldon
The Wanderer
The Dream of the Rood
Wulf and Eadwacer
The Wife's Lament
The Husband's Message
Judith
Textual Notes
Glossary
References
Index

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