Old English and its Closest Relatives

A Survey of the Earliest Germanic Languages

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Author: Orrin W. Robinson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134848994

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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This accessible introductory reference source surveys the linguistic and cultural background of the earliest known Germanic languages and examines their similarities and differences. The Languages covered include:Gothic Old Norse Old SaxonOld English Old Low Franconian Old High German Written in a lively style, each chapter opens with a brief cultural history of the people who used the language, followed by selected authentic and translated texts and an examination of particular areas including grammar, pronunciation, lexis, dialect variation and borrowing, textual transmission, analogy and drift.

Old English and its Closest Relatives

A Survey of the Earliest Germanic Languages

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Author: Orrin W. Robinson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0203393082

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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This accessible introductory reference source surveys the linguistic and cultural background of the earliest known Germanic languages and examines their similarities and differences.

Analysing Older English

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Author: David Denison,Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero,Chris McCully,Emma Moore

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139501755

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: N.A

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Is historical linguistics different in principle from other linguistic research? This book addresses problems encountered in gathering and analysing data from early English, including the incomplete nature of the evidence and the dangers of misinterpretation or over-interpretation. Even so, gaps in the data can sometimes be filled. The volume brings together a team of leading English historical linguists who have encountered such issues first-hand, to discuss and suggest solutions to a range of problems in the phonology, syntax, dialectology and onomastics of older English. The topics extend widely over the history of English, chronologically and linguistically, and include Anglo-Saxon naming practices, the phonology of the alliterative line, computational measurement of dialect similarity, dialect levelling and enregisterment in late Modern English, stress-timing in English phonology and the syntax of Old and early Modern English. The book will be of particular interest to researchers and students in English historical linguistics.

The Cambridge Companion to Old English Literature

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Author: Malcolm Godden,Michael Lapidge

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110746921X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 376

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This Companion has been thoroughly revised to take account of recent scholarship and to provide a clear and accessible introduction for those encountering Old English literature for the first time. Including seventeen essays by distinguished scholars, this new edition provides a discussion of the literature of the period 600 to 1066 in the context of how Anglo-Saxon society functioned. New chapters cover topics including preaching and teaching, Beowulf and literacy, and a further five chapters have been revised and updated, including those on the Old English language, perceptions of eternity and Anglo-Saxon learning. An additional concluding chapter on Old English after 1066 offers an overview of the study and cultural influences of Old English literature to the present day. Finally, the further reading list has been overhauled to incorporate the most up-to-date scholarship in the field and the latest electronic resources for students.

Introduction to Old English

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Author: Richard Hogg

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 074868946X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

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An student's introduction to the first centuries in the history of the English language.

Beowulf and Old Germanic Metre

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Author: Geoffrey Russom

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521593409

Category: History

Page: 235

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This 1998 book is a clear account of early Germanic alliterative verse and how it was treated by the Beowulf poet.

The Oxford Guide to Etymology

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Author: Philip Durkin

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191618780

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 360

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This practical introduction to word history investigates every aspect of where words come from and how they change. Philip Durkin, chief etymologist of the Oxford English Dictionary, shows how different types of evidence can shed light on the myriad ways in which words change in form and meaning. He considers how such changes can be part of wider linguistic processes, or be influenced by a complex mixture of social and cultural factors. He illustrates every point with a wide range of fascinating examples. Dr Durkin investigates folk etymology and other changes which words undergo in everyday use. He shows how language families are established, how words in different languages can have a common ancester, and the ways in which the latter can be distinguished from words introduced through language contact. He examines the etymologies of the names of people and places. His focus is on English but he draws many examples from languages such as French, German, and Latin which cast light on the pre-histories of English words. The Oxford Guide to Etymology is reliable, readable, instructive, and enjoyable. Everyone interested in the history of words will value this account of an endlessly fascinating subject.

Indo-European and its closest relatives. 2. Lexicon

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Author: Joseph Harold Greenberg

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804770654

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 216

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The second volume of Joseph Greenberg's pioneering study of the relationship between Indo-European languages and those of northern Asia and North America.

Handbook of Norse Mythology

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Author: John Lindow

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1576072177

Category: Reference

Page: 365

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Describes the themes, characters, rituals, and beliefs of Norse mythology.

History of Language

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Author: Steven Roger Fischer

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1861895941

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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It is tempting to take the tremendous rate of contemporary linguistic change for granted. What is required, in fact, is a radical reinterpretation of what language is. Steven Roger Fischer begins his book with an examination of the modes of communication used by dolphins, birds and primates as the first contexts in which the concept of "language" might be applied. As he charts the history of language from the times of Homo erectus, Neanderthal humans and Homo sapiens through to the nineteenth century, when the science of linguistics was developed, Fischer analyses the emergence of language as a science and its development as a written form. He considers the rise of pidgin, creole, jargon and slang, as well as the effects radio and television, propaganda, advertising and the media are having on language today. Looking to the future, he shows how electronic media will continue to reshape and re-invent the ways in which we communicate. "[a] delightful and unexpectedly accessible book ... a virtuoso tour of the linguistic world."—The Economist "... few who read this remarkable study will regard language in quite the same way again."—The Good Book Guide