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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.

Table of Contents

  • CHAPTER ONE (Old English Alphabets and Pronunciation)
    • Lesson One: Old English Alphabets
      • A Crash Course in Anglo-Saxon Paleography
      Lesson Two: Pronunciation
      • The Briefest Possible Guide to Pronouncing Old English
      • Detailed Description of Old English Pronunciation
      • General Guidelines
        • Vowels
          • Old English/Modern Vowel Equivalents
          • International Phonetic Alphabet
          • Vowels and Diphthongs
          Consonant Sounds
          • Voice
          • Classifying Consonants
          • Stops
          • Fricatives
          • Affricates
          • Liquids
          • Semivowels
          • Nasals
          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 CHAPTER TWO (Getting Started: Nouns)
          • Lesson One: Nouns
            • 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
            Lesson Two: Main Noun Groups
            • Ælfric on Nouns
            • Regular Masculines
            • Regular Feminines
            • Regular Neuters
              • Short and Long Stems
              • Looking Up
                • Syncopate!
                • Dæg / Dagas Alternation
                O-Wo-Jo, A-Wa-Ja Stems Exercise 2.1: Identifying Short and Long Stems Lesson Three: The Concept of Case
                • Nominative
                • Accusative
                • Genitive
                • Dative
                • Instrumental
                • Ælfric on the Concept of Case
                • Exercise 2.2: Understanding Case
                Exercise 2.3: Getting the Grammar Right Reading II: Practice Sentences
                • Vocabulary for Reading
                Lessons Learned CHAPTER THREE (“Weak” Nouns and Regular Verbs)
                • Lesson One: Weak Nouns
                  • 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
                  Lesson Two: Weak Verbs
                  • Ælfric on Verbs
                  • Principal Parts of OE Weak Verbs
                  • Verb Categorization
                  • Classes of Weak Verbs
                  • Weak Verb Endings (Conjugations)
                    • Mood
                      • Indicative
                      • Imperative
                      • Subjunctive
                      Weak Verbs of Class I
                      • Collapsed Endings
                      • Another Infinitive
                      • -ing Forms (Present Participles)
                      • Sound Changes and Class I Weak Verbs
                      Weak Verbs of Class II Distinguishing Weak I from Weak II Exercise 3.2: Weak Verb Spotting Reading III.i: The Gospel of Luke
                      • Vocabulary for Reading
                      Reading III.ii: Exeter Book Riddle #82
                      • Vocabulary for Reading
                      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
                          • Genitive Objects
                          • Contractions
                          Exercise 4.1: Learning Weak III Verbs
                          • Vocabulary for Exercise
                          Exercise 4.2: More Reverse Translation
                          • Vocabulary for Exercise
                          Distinctive Endings Lesson Two: Unusual and Irregular Verb Forms
                          • Preterite (Past)-Present Verbs
                            • Important Preterite-Present Helping Verbs
                            • Other Important Preterite-Present Verbs
                            • Negatives
                            Preterite-Present Verb Conjugation
                            • Let’s Shall
                            Some Irregularities: Anomalous Verbs Timesavers
                            • Time and Being (wesan vs. beon)
                            • Negatives
                            Anomalous Verbs: don, gan
                            • willan, nyllan
                            • I-Mutation
                            • Implied Motion
                            Exercise 4.3: How to Stop Worrying and Live with Preterite-Present and Irregular Verbs Exercise 4.4: Translation Exercise
                            • Vocabulary for Exercise
                            Reading IV: Wonders of the East (1)
                            • Vocabulary for Reading
                            Lessons Learned CHAPTER FIVE (Learning How to Translate)
                            • Step 1: Locating Clauses
                              • Subordination
                              • Exercise 5.1: Locating Clauses
                              Step 2: Finding the Complete Verb
                              • Verbs with a Complex
                              • Having and Being
                              • Timesavers
                                • Weorðan
                                • Helpful verbs
                                Some Small Exceptions Compounding the Problem A Practice Run Tenses Accusative with Infinitive Constructions Another Wrinkle Exercise 5.2: Translating Accusative with Infinitives
                                • Vocabulary for Exercise
                                Summary Exercise 5.3: Finding the Complete Verb Step 3: Finding the Subject
                                • A Practice Run
                                • Exercise 5.4: Finding the Subject
                                Step 4: Sorting Out the Rest
                                • Find the Direct Objects
                                  • A Practice Run: The Search for Objects
                                  The Dative Rule The Genitive Rule Exercise 5.5: Applying the Dative and Genitive Rules
                                  • Vocabulary for Exercise
                                  A Practice Run Pulling it All Together Exercise 5.6: Sorting Out the Rest
                                  • Vocabulary for Exercises
                                  Reading V: Wonders of the East (2)
                                  • Latin Original
                                  • Vocabulary for Reading
                                  Lessons Learned CHAPTER SIX (Adjectives and Adverbs, Prepositions)
                                  • Lesson One: Adjectives
                                    • Strong Adjectives
                                      • Timesavers
                                        • Adjectives Ending in –u
                                        Strong and Weak Adjectives Weak Adjectives Exercise 6.1: Recognizing “Strong” and “Weak” Adjectives
                                        • Vocabulary for Exercise
                                        Participles as Adjectives Exercise 6.2: Participles as Adjectives
                                        • Vocabulary for Exercise
                                        Lesson Two: Comparative and Superlative Forms
                                          • Ælfric on Adjectives
                                          • Comparative + Personal Ending
                                          • Superlatives
                                          • “Than” Marker
                                          • Comparative as Intensifier
                                          Irregular Adjectives with Different Roots Exercise 6.3: Recognizing Comparatives and Superlatives
                                          • Vocabulary for Exercise
                                          Lesson Three: Adverbs
                                          • Ælfric on Adverbs
                                          • Irregular Forms
                                            • Comparative and Superlative Forms
                                            • Irregular Forms
                                            Exercise 6.4: Distinguishing Adverbs from Adjectives
                                            • Vocabulary for Exercise
                                            Lesson Four: Prepositions
                                            • Exceptional
                                            • Post-Positions
                                            • Either/Or Prepositions
                                            • Instrumental
                                            • Exercise 6.4: Prepositional Phrases
                                              • Vocabulary for Exercise
                                              A Puzzle Reading VI: Wonders of the East (3)
                                              • Latin Original
                                              • Vocabulary for Reading
                                              Lessons Learned CHAPTER SEVEN (Personal Pronouns, Reflexives, Relatives)
                                              • Lesson One: Personal Pronouns
                                                • First Person
                                                • Second Person
                                                • Third Person
                                                • Agreements and Disagreements
                                                • Ælfric on Pronouns
                                                • Timesavers
                                                  • Definite Article as Pronoun
                                                  • Reduced Endings
                                                  Exercise 7.1: Personal Pronouns
                                                  • Vocabulary for Exercise
                                                  • Timesaver
                                                    • Datives of Possession
                                                    Lesson Two: Reflexive Pronouns
                                                    • Verbs which Require a Reflexive
                                                    • Exercise 7.2: Possessive and Reflexive Pronouns
                                                      • Vocabulary for Exercise
                                                      Lesson Three: Who/Which (Relative Pronouns)
                                                      • Three Alternatives
                                                        • Indeclinable Particle þe
                                                        • A Definite Article + þe
                                                        • A Definite Article Alone
                                                        Headless Sentences Exercise 7.3: Relative Pronouns
                                                        • Vocabulary for Exercise
                                                        Why?: Interrogative Pronouns This and That: Demonstrative Pronouns Miscellaneous Pronouns Whatever, Whoever Reading VII.i: Prognostics (1)
                                                        • Vocabulary for Reading
                                                        Reading VII.ii: Monastic Sign Language
                                                        • Vocabulary for Reading
                                                        Lessons Learned CHAPTER EIGHT (Strong Verbs I)
                                                        • Lesson One: Definitions
                                                          • 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 Two: Conjugation of Strong Verbs
                                                          • bitan and beodan
                                                          • bindan and brecan
                                                          Lesson Three: Summary of Base Forms
                                                          • Timesavers
                                                            • Syncopation and Assimilation
                                                            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
                                                            • Vocabulary for Exercise
                                                            Reading VIII.i: Prognostics (2)
                                                            • Vocabulary for Reading
                                                            Reading VIII.ii: From Vercelli Homily IX (1)
                                                            • Vocabulary for Reading
                                                            Lessons Learned CHAPTER NINE (Strong Verbs II)
                                                            • Lesson One: Classes 5-7
                                                              • Class 5 Strong Verbs
                                                              • Class 6 Strong Verbs
                                                              • Class 7 Strong Verbs
                                                              Lesson Two: Conjugation of Strong Verbs
                                                              • sprecan and standan
                                                              • hatan and gangan
                                                              Lesson Three: A Few Exceptions
                                                              • 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
                                                                • Vocabulary for Exercise
                                                                Reading IX: Vercelli Homily IX (2)
                                                                • Vocabulary for Reading
                                                                Lessons Learned CHAPTER TEN (Rarer Noun Forms)
                                                                • -/e/ in the Nominative
                                                                • Endings with –w-
                                                                  • Masculines
                                                                  • Neuters
                                                                  • Feminines
                                                                  Feminine –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
                                                                  • Masculine, Neuter
                                                                  • Feminine
                                                                  Exercise 10.1: Translation
                                                                  • Vocabulary for Exercise
                                                                  Exercise 10.2: Translation
                                                                  • Vocabulary for Exercise
                                                                  Reading X: Vercelli Homily IX (3)
                                                                  • Vocabulary for Reading
                                                                  Lessons Learned CHAPTER ELEVEN (Contract Verbs, Impersonal Constructions)
                                                                  • Lesson One: Contract Verbs
                                                                    • Contract Verbs by Class
                                                                    • Conjugation of Contract Verbs
                                                                      • þeon and teon
                                                                      • seon and fon
                                                                      Exercise 11.1: Understanding the Forms of Contract Verbs Exercise 11.2: Infinitives Exercise 11.3: Translating Contract Verbs
                                                                      • Vocabulary for Exercise
                                                                      Lesson Two: Impersonals
                                                                      • Exercise 11.4: Recognizing Impersonal Constructions
                                                                        • Vocabulary for Exercise
                                                                        Reading XI: The Human Fetus
                                                                        • Vocabulary for Reading
                                                                        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
                                                                          • 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
                                                                          A Quick Guide to Old English Poetry The Wife’s Lament MAIN GLOSSARY

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Hasenfratz, Robert
West Virginia University Press
Jambeck, Thomas J.
Jambeck, Thomas
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