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A User-friendly Dictionary of Old English and Reader Paperback – 24 Oct 2005

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  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Heart of Albion Press; 5th Revised edition edition (24 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1872883850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1872883854
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 0.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This dictionary contains some 3,500 of the commonest words in Old English (OE) arranged by consonant order, plus an introduction to the OE language and a selection of representative OE texts. Beginners will be able to translate simple passages of prose and verse from the rich variety of Old English texts. Advanced students will find it a rapid reference aid. Words are listed by order of the consonants they contain, rather than by the usual strict alphabetical order of all letters in the word. The variation in Old English in stressed vowels at different times and in different dialects, plus many variants of spellings, can make it tricky to look up words in conventional Old English dictionaries as you are repeatedly referred to another entry. This problem is largely eliminated here and the user should find this dictionary offers an easy and speedy way to locate Old English words. For the fifth edition the Introduction has been fully revised and a selection of representative Old English texts included. These will start you on the path of appreciating a very special literature and the way the language works.


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I bought this for my husband who has developed an interest in studying Old English in order to access the written word. He is not an academic, teaching himself from a variety of mixed resources and this book has provided a very good basic introduction. Although it is a small book and therefore limited in the amount of material it can cover there are things in it that are not in other books; so, all in all, it is a useful basic reference book. He has found Stephen Pollington's First Steps in Old English: An Easy Way to Follow Language Course for the Beginner(ASIN:189828119X), an excellent follow on.
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The book is well laid out and offers a useful progression of grammatical phrases, together with exceprts from poetry and prose in both old and modern English. The Dictionary itself is however laid out in an alphabetical fashion distinct from the norm and I did not fimd this easy to follow. Despite this however, I still rate the book with five stars.
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This is a terrific little book and a great source of information as a referral from an old english course or as a quick reference.

The text is clear and the sections on pronunciation and grammer invaluable.
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Much more than a dictionary, with lots of useful guidance and explanations of the language anyhow it works. Reading exercises, extracts of texts with translations - in fact the dictionary part takes up only half of the book as a whole. I'm finding it a great complement to the other OE texts I am working with (Pollington's First Steps in Old English, and Mitchell and Robinson's A Guide to Old English).
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