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An Introduction to Old English [Paperback]

Peter S. Baker
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Table of Contents

Preface.

How to use this book.

1. The Anglo–Saxons.

Who were they?

Where did their language come from?

What was Old English like?

Old English dialects.

2. Pronunciation.

Quick start.

More about vowels.

More about c and g.

Syllable length.

Accentuation.

On–line pronunciation practice.

Summary.

3. Basic Grammar.

Parts of speech.

Phrases.

Clauses.

Elements of the sentence or clause.

On–line exercises.

4. Case.

What is case?

Uses of the cases.

On–line exercises.

5. Pronouns.

Quick Start.

Personal and demonstrative pronouns.

Interrogative pronouns.

Indefinite pronouns.

Relative pronouns.

Reflexive pronouns.

Reciprocal pronouns.

On–line exercise.

6. Nouns.

Quick Start.

More about strong nouns.

Minor declensions.

On–line exercises.

7. Verbs.

Quick Start.

More about endings.

More about weak verbs.

More about strong verbs.

Verbs with weak presents and strong pasts.

More about preterite–present verbs.

Dôn, gân, willan.

Negation.

The verbals.

The subjunctive.

On–line exercises.

8. Adjectives.

Quick Start.

Strong adjectives.

Weak adjectives.

Comparison of adjectives.

On–line exercises.

9. Numerals.

Quick Start.

Cardinal numbers.

Ordinal numbers.

On–line exercise.

10. Adverbs, Conjunctions, Prepositions.

Quick Start.

Adverbs.

Conjunctions.

Correlation.

Prepositions.

On–line exercises.

11. Concord.

Quick Start.

Subject and verb.

Pronoun and antecedent.

Noun and modifiers.

Bad grammar?

On–line exercises.

12. Word–order.

Quick Start.

Subject–Verb.

Verb–Subject.

Subject . . . Verb.

Correlation.

Periphrastic verbs.

On–line exercise.

13. Metre.

Alliteration.

Rhythm.

14. Poetic Style.

Vocabulary.

Variation.

Formulas.

15. The Grammar of Poetry.

Inflections.

Syntax.

16. Reading Old English Manuscripts.

Construction of the manuscript.

The Old English alphabet.

Abbreviations.

Punctuation and capitalization.

Word– and line–division.

Errors and corrections.

Appendix A Common Spelling Variants.

Vowels of accented syllables.

Unaccented syllables.

Consonants.

Appendix B Phonetic Symbols and Terms.

International Phonetic Alphabet symbols.

Phonetic terms.

Anthology.

Glossary.

References.

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.

Index.

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