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Beginning Old English


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List of Illustrations.- Acknowledgements.- Preface.- PART I.- Origins.- Recognising Old English Words.- People and Things.- Place, Time, Manner and Reason.- Actions and Events.- Introducing Old English Poetry.- Translating Old English Poetry: Beowulf .- Introducing Old English Prose.- PART II .- Introduction.- Text A: Cynewulf and Cyneheard.- Text B: Beowulf, lines 710-836.- Text C: The Battle of Maldon.- Text D: The Dream of the Rood .- Text E: The Ruin .- Text F: AElfric's Life of St AEthelthryth .- Concluding Remarks.- Glossary of Technical Terms.- Appendix: Old English Paradigms.- Further Reading.- Index.

About the Author

Carole Hough is Professor of Onomastics at the University of Glasgow, UK. She has published extensively on Old English and related subjects, and is Vice-President of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists.

John Corbett is Professor of English at the University of Macau. He has written widely on English and Scottish language and literature, and is Vice-President of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies.


'Practical, engaging and full of fresh and exciting strategies for getting students started with reading Old English.' - Chris Jones, University of St Andrews, UK
'Ideal both for undergraduates with minimal linguistic training, and for general readers interested in historical aspects of English. The gentle narrative walks the reader through the forest of grammar and unknots difficult phrasing.' - Haruko Momma, New York University, USA

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