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An Introduction to Old English [Paperback]

Arvind Sharma , Richard Hogg
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1 Feb 2003 0195219481 978-0195219487
This accessible overview covers all the basic linguistic elements of Old English, including nouns, adjectives, verbs, syntax, word order, and vocabulary. Offering a unique study of Old English in context, it combines a wide variety of short texts with an up-to-date assessment of the forms of language that remain as the foundation of English today. Comparisons are drawn between Old and present-day English and also with other related languages such as Dutch, German, and French. Old English poetry and dialect variation are also discussed.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press (1 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195219481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195219487
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 13.2 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 563,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Richard Hogg is the Smith Professor of English Language and Medieval Literature at the University of Manchester.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful for students. 18 Oct 2002
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I found this book immensely helpful both as a work of reference and as a generally interesting guide to the subject. Being a student of Old English myself, I found the well researched information in this book gave me a far deeper insight into the subject, not just on a textual level but also on an idealogical level. Whether this book would find any interest among the non-specialist readership is doubtful, although I do not believe this was the author's intention anyway. All in all, a useful book to add to your library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction 18 Jan 2014
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Any student taking up this book would benefit from a knowledge of Latin or German declensions systems. Not too taxing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oi! 9 April 2006
By bibliomaniac - Published on Amazon.com
I do not write many reviews, but thought I should respond to a few comments of the other reviewer. First, Hogg's book was written before the DNA studies were published, and second as a book on LANGUAGE, ethnicity has very little to do with linguistics and language, so discussions of the DNA studies or when the "Saxons" settled in England is all really beside the point. Second, there is no evidence that Saxons were in service to the Romans. There is evidence that Germanic settlers were coming to Britain in the fourth century and that to do so would have had least local Roman permission and knowledge, but that isn't the same as being in service to Rome. Finally, the whole notion that England is descended from one of the lost tribes of Israel (or from Aeneas and the Trojans for that matter) are pseudo-historical claims that were made AFTER the Old English period and so not of any interest to a book on the Old English language.

This is a fine Old English grammar and good reference book that has been well received.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible 11 Dec 2006
By Cord M. Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
I have studied a number of languages and used a number of text books for this purpose. This book is almost certainly the worst. It is nearly useless to anyone who does not have a strong background in linguistics and comparative grammatical theory. Hogg somehow manages to obfuscate the explanations of even the simplest grammatical concepts.
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2.0 out of 5 stars About what it says about when the Saxons first came to England 30 Jan 2006
By Bill C. - Published on Amazon.com
Sometime before 2000 archaeologista and or historians showed that the Saxons actually started in Roman Britain just BEFORE the Romans pulled out. THe saxons were actually in the service of the Roman army. Yet Hogg never mentions that when he discusses Angle ans Saxon settlement of Britain he appears to believe that the Saxons came to Britain only after the Romans pulled in AD 407. Also, it doesn't look as if Hogg mentions any of the DNA studies by Luigui Cavalli-Sforza that shows how close genetically English are to pretty much above all the Dutch. Hogg does mention the English language's close affinity to the Frisian and Dutch lanhguages though. As a side note the English used to believe they were directly descended from one of the Lost Jewish tribes of Israel (the English aren't actually they are only neolithically Syrian as DNA studies by scientist Spencer Wells showed). It would have been interesting if Hogg had put some comparisons between old Enlish and Jewish and other Syrian languages and mentioned this now disproven theory.
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