Beginning Old English

Paperback | June 10, 2013

byCarole Hough, John Corbett

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This simple introduction to Old English focuses on how the language works, using accessible illustrations from surviving texts and showing how features of present-day English have their roots in this stage of the language. As well as being updated, the new edition has been expanded to include a chapter on Old English prose and two additional texts.

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This simple introduction to Old English focuses on how the language works, using accessible illustrations from surviving texts and showing how features of present-day English have their roots in this stage of the language. As well as being updated, the new edition has been expanded to include a chapter on Old English prose and two addi...

CAROLE HOUGH is Reader in English Language at the University of Glasgow, UK. She is the author of many articles on Old English and related subjects, and has co-edited New Perspectives on English Historical Linguistics: Vol 2: Lexis and Transmission. She is also editor of the journal Nomina.JOHN CORBETT is Full Professor of English Stu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 9.67 × 5.6 × 0.69 inPublished:June 10, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230301401

ISBN - 13:9780230301405

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Table of Contents

PART I
1. Origins
2. Recognising Old English Words
3. People and Things
4. Place, Time, Manner and Reason
5. Actions and Events
6. Introducing Old English Poetry
7. Translating Old English Poetry: Beowulf
8. Introducing Old English Prose
PART II: SIX OLD ENGLISH TEXTS
9. Introduction
10. Text A: Cynewulf and Cyneheard
11. Text B: Beowulf, lines 710–836
12. Text C: The Battle of Maldon
13. Text D: The Dream of the Rood
14. Text E: Ælfric's Life of St Æthelthryth
15. Text F: The Ruin
16. Concluding Remarks
Glossary of Technical Terms
Appendix: Old English Paradigms
Further Reading
Index

Editorial Reviews

'Practical, engaging and full of fresh and exciting strategies for getting students started with reading Old English.' - Chris Jones, University of St Andrews, UK'Ideal both for undergraduates with minimal linguistic training, and for general readers interested in historical aspects of English. The gentle narrative walks the reader through the forest of grammar and unknots difficult phrasing.' - Haruko Momma, New York University, USA