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Medieval European Studies #6: Reading Old English: An Introduction
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This book has many virtues, but its most innovative feature is the amount of pedagogy written into its pages. Traditionally, Old English grammars have merely presented the grammatical information, and teachers have been left to organize it and communicate it to students. This grammar, however, attempts to do quite a bit of the teaching, often warning students that one detail is particularly important to learn, or that they should not be discouraged by another seemingly illogical construction. The explanations are clear, and the exercises are well conceived and admirably plentiful. The authors have been diligent in avoiding "dumbing-down" the material: students are expected to deal with most of the complexities demanded of them by more traditional grammars.
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PREFACE HOW TO USE THIS BOOK ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ABBREVIATIONS CHAPTER ONE (Old English Alphabets and Pronunciation) Lesson One: Old English Alphabets Lesson Two: Pronunciation A Crash Course in Anglo-Saxon Paleography The Briefest Possible Guide to Pronouncing Old English Detailed Description of Old English Pronunciation General Guidelines Vowels Consonant Sounds Old English/Modern Vowel Equivalents International Phonetic Alphabet Vowels and Diphthongs Old English Consonants Exercise 1.9.1: Pronouncing OE Vowels Exercise 1.9.2: Pronouncing OE Diphthongs Exercise 1.9.3: Pronouncing OE Consonants Exercise 1.9.4: IPA Exercise Exercise 1.9.5: Pronounciation Practice Voice Classifying Consonants Stops Fricatives Affricates Liquids Semivowels Nasals CHAPTER TWO (Getting Started: Nouns) Lesson One: Nouns Lesson Two: Main Noun Groups Anatomy of a Sentence What the Endings Do Gender Ælfric on the Concept of Gender A Few Tips The Definite Article (the) Indefinitely (The Indefinite Article) Pronoun Preview Ælfric on Nouns Regular Masculines Regular Feminines Regular Neuters Short and Long Stems Looking Up O-Wo-Jo, A-Wa-Ja Stems Exercise 2.1: Identifying Short and Long Stems Lesson Three: The Concept of Case Syncopate! Dæg / Dagas Alternation Exercise 2.3: Getting the Grammar Right Reading II: Practice Sentences Lessons Learned Nominative Accusative Genitive Dative Instrumental Ælfric on the Concept of Case Exercise 2.2: Understanding Case CHAPTER THREE (“Weak” Nouns and Regular Verbs) Lesson One: Weak Nouns Lesson Two: Weak Verbs Spotting Weak Nouns Masculine Weak Nouns Feminine Weak Nouns Neuter Weak Nouns Summary of Weak Noun Endings Exercise 3.1: Understanding Case and Weak Nouns Ælfric on Verbs Principal Parts of OE Weak Verbs Verb Categorization Classes of Weak Verbs Weak Verb Endings (Conjugations) Mood Weak Verbs of Class I Indicative Imperative Subjunctive Weak Verbs of Class II Distinguishing Weak I from Weak II Exercise 3.2: Weak Verb Spotting Reading III.i: The Gospel of Luke Reading III.ii: Collapsed Endings Another Infinitive - ing Forms (Present Participles) Sound Changes and Class I Weak Verbs Exeter Book Riddle #82 Lessons Learned CHAPTER FOUR (Weak Verbs Class III and Irregular Verbs) Lesson One: Weak Verbs, Class III Weak Verbs Class III: habban, hycgan, libban and secgan Timesavers Exercise 4.1: Learning Weak III Verbs Exercise 4.2: More Reverse Translation Distinctive Endings Lesson Two: Unusual and Irregular Verb Forms Genitive Objects Contractions Preterite (Past)-Present Verbs Timesavers Preterite-Present Verb Conjugation Some Irregularities: Anomalous Verbs Timesavers Important Preterite-Present Helping Verbs Other Important Preterite-Present Verbs Anomalous Verbs: Time and Being ( wesan vs. beon) Negatives don, gan Timesavers Exercise 4.3: How to Stop Worrying and Live with Preterite-Present and Irregular Verbs Exercise 4.4: Translation Exercise Reading IV: I-Mutation Implied Motion Wonders of the East (1) Lessons Learned CHAPTER FIVE (Learning How to Translate) Step 1: Locating Clauses Step 2: Finding the Complete Verb Subordination Exercise 5.1: Locating Clauses Verbs with a Complex Having and Being Timesavers Some Small Exceptions Compounding the Problem A Practice Run Tenses Accusative with Infinitive Constructions Another Wrinkle Exercise 5.2: Translating Accusative with Infinitives Summary Exercise 5.3: Finding the Complete Verb Step 3: Finding the Subject Step 4: Sorting Out the Rest A Practice Run Exercise 5.4: Finding the Subject Find the Direct Objects The Dative Rule The Genitive Rule Exercise 5.5: Applying the Dative and Genitive Rules A Practice Run Pulling it All Together Exercise 5.6: Sorting Out the Rest Reading V: Wonders of the East (2) A Practice Run: The Search for Objects Lessons Learned Latin Original Vocabulary for Reading CHAPTER SIX (Adjectives and Adverbs, Prepositions) Lesson One: Adjectives Strong Adjectives Timesavers Strong and Weak Adjectives Weak Adjectives Exercise 6.1: Recognizing “Strong” and “Weak” Adjectives Participles as Adjectives Exercise 6.2: Participles as Adjectives Lesson Two: Comparative and Superlative Forms Irregular Adjectives with Different Roots Exercise 6.3: Recognizing Comparatives and Superlatives Lesson Three: Adverbs Ælfric on Adjectives Comparative + Personal Ending Superlatives “Than” Marker Comparative as Intensifier Ælfric on Adverbs Irregular Forms Exercise 6.4: Distinguishing Adverbs from Adjectives Lesson Four: Prepositions Comparative and Superlative Forms Irregular Forms Exceptional Post-Positions Either/ Or Prepositions Instrumental Exercise 6.4: Prepositional Phrases A Puzzle Reading VI: Wonders of the East (3) Lessons Learned Latin Original Vocabulary for Reading CHAPTER SEVEN (Personal Pronouns, Reflexives, Relatives) Lesson One: Personal Pronouns First Person Second Person Third Person Agreements and Disagreements Ælfric on Pronouns Timesavers Exercise 7.1: Personal Pronouns Possessive Definite Article as Pronoun Reduced Endings Timesaver Lesson Two: Reflexive Pronouns Verbs which Require a Reflexive Exercise 7.2: Possessive and Reflexive Pronouns Lesson Three: Who/Which (Relative Pronouns) Three Alternatives Headless Sentences Exercise 7.3: Relative Pronouns Why?: Interrogative Pronouns This and That: Demonstrative Pronouns Miscellaneous Pronouns Whatever, Whoever Reading VII.i: Prognostics (1) Reading VII.ii: Monastic Sign Language Lessons Learned Indeclinable Particle þe A Definite Article + þe A Definite Article Alone CHAPTER EIGHT (Strong Verbs I) Lesson One: Definitions Lesson Two: Conjugation of Strong Verbs Strong Verb Classes Class 1 Strong Verbs Class 2 Strong Verbs Class 3 Strong Verbs Class 4 Strong Verbs Exercise 8.1: Conjugating Strong Verbs Lesson Three: Summary of Base Forms bitan and beodan bindan and brecan Timesavers Mutating Vowels Exercise 8.2: Understanding Class 1-4 Strong Verbs Exercise 8.3: Recognizing Syncopation, Assimilation, and I-Mutation Exercise 8.4: Translation Practice Reading VIII.i: Prognostics (2) Reading VIII.ii: From Syncopation and Assimilation Vercelli Homily IX (1) Lessons Learned CHAPTER NINE (Strong Verbs II) Lesson One: Classes 5-7 Lesson Two: Conjugation of Strong Verbs Class 5 Strong Verbs Class 6 Strong Verbs Class 7 Strong Verbs Lesson Three: A Few Exceptions sprecan and standan hatan and gangan Some Irregular Strong Verbs biddan, licgan, steppan, and wepan Exercise 9.1: Understanding Class 5, 6, and 7 Strong Verbs Exercise 9.2: Infinitives Exercise 9.3: Translation Exercise Reading IX: Vercelli Homily IX (2) Lessons Learned CHAPTER TEN (Rarer Noun Forms) -/e/ in the Nominative Endings with – w- Feminine – Masculines Neuters Feminines jo- Stems Foot-Feet (I-Mutation) Nouns Mother/Father Nouns U-Nouns Abstract Feminine Nouns in - þu /- þo Children Nouns Noun Stems Ending in – þ Nouns from Present Participles I-stem Nouns Exercise 10.1: Translation Exercise 10.2: Translation Reading X: Masculine, Neuter Feminine Vercelli Homily IX (3) Lessons Learned CHAPTER ELEVEN (Contract Verbs, Impersonal Constructions) Lesson One: Contract Verbs Contract Verbs by Class Conjugation of Contract Verbs Exercise 11.1: Understanding the Forms of Contract Verbs Exercise 11.2: Infinitives Exercise 11.3: Translating Contract Verbs Lesson Two: Impersonals þeon and teon seon and fon Exercise 11.4: Recognizing Impersonal Constructions Reading XI: The Human Fetus Lessons Learned APPENDIX ONE: A Basic Introduction to Traditional Grammar APPENDIX TWO: Summary of Sound Changes ADDITIONAL READINGS The Old English Gloss to Ælfric’s Latin Colloquy Four /Lives/ of St. Æðeldryð A Quick Guide to Old English Poetry The Wife’s Lament Account of St. Æðeldr ð in Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People Account of St. Æðeldr ð in the OE Translation of Bede’s Ecclesiastical History The Brief Life of St. Æðeldr ð from the OE Martyrology Ælfric’s Life of St. Æðeldr ð Æðeldr ð in the News MAIN GLOSSARY
ISBN: 9781933202013 Author: Hasenfratz, Robert Publisher: West Virginia University Press Author: Jambeck, Thomas J. Author: Jambeck, Thomas Subject: Grammar Subject: English language Subject: Linguistics Subject: Medieval Subject: English philology Subject: Ancient Languages - General Subject: Linguistics - General Edition Description: 1st Edition Series: Medieval European Studies Series Volume: 6 Publication Date: 20050931 Binding: TRADE PAPER Language: English Pages: 554 Dimensions: 8 x 8 in
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