An Introduction to Old English (Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language) (Paperback)

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An Introduction to Old English (Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language) (Paperback)

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An accessible overview of the first centuries in the history of the English languageCombining a wide variety of short texts with a coherent and up-to-date assessment of the forms of language which remain as the foundation of English today, this introduction offers a unique study of Old English in context. It is designed for students unfamiliar with the earliest stages of the English language and provides a basis for further study of the history of the language to the present day. All the basic elements of Old English are covered, including nouns, adjectives, verbs, syntax, word order, vocabulary and sound values. Wherever possible comparisons are drawn between Old English and the present-day language, but also with other related languages such as Dutch, German and French. There are also chapters introducing Old English poetry and dialect variation, as well as a chapter looking at what happened to the language after the Norman Conquest. Key Features* Up-to-date account of the linguistics of the Old English period with particular stress on syntax and vocabulary * Integrates accounts of the language with selected texts graded to improve accessibility for the beginner* Strong emphasis on the relation between Old English and present-day English together with relevant features in related languages* Contains exercises, a glossary of key terms and an Old English glossaryKEYWORDS: Old English, history of English, grammar, strong verb, weak verb, morphology.
Richard Hogg was formerly Smith Professor of English Language and Medieval Literature at the University of Manchester. Rhona Alcorn is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and CEO of Scots Language Dictionaries Ltd. She is also Deputy Director of the Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics. She was the first receipient of the Richard M. Hogg Prize, awarded annually by the International Society for the Linguistics of English since 2008.
Product Details ISBN: 9780748642380
ISBN-10: 0748642382
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: January 17th, 2012
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language