Synopses & Reviews
For more than thirty years, A Guide to Old English
has been the standard introduction to Old English language and literature. This updated sixth edition retains the structure and style of the popular previous editions, and includes two new, much-requested texts: Wulf
and Eadwacer and Judith
The book consists of two parts. Part One comprises an introduction to the Old English language, including orthography and pronunciation, inflexions, word formation, an authoritative section on syntax. This is followed by an introduction to Anglo-Saxon studies, which discusses language, literature, history, archaeology, and ways of life. Sound changes are treated as they become relevant in understanding apparent irregularities in inflexion. Part Two contains prose and literature verse texts, most of them complete, which fully reveal the range that Old English offers in mood, intensity, humour, and natural observation. Full explanatory notes accompany all the texts, and a detailed glossary is provided.
The new edition of this highly-acclaimed Guide will be welcomed by teachers and by anyone wanting to gain a greater understanding and enjoyment of the language and literature of the Anglo-Saxons.
For more than 30 years, "A Guide to Old English" has been the standard introduction to Old English language and literature. This updated sixth edition retains the structure and style of previous editions and includes two new, much-requested texts - "Wulf and Eadwacer" and "Judith".
The sixth edition of this popular introduction to Old English language and literature retains the general structure and style of previous editions, but has been updated and includes two new texts: Wulf and Eadwacer and Judith.
- A new edition of the most widely used introduction to Old English language and literature.
- Includes two new texts, widely requested by teachers and students: Wulf and Eadwacer and Judith.
- Includes a range of helpful pedagogical tools - a map of Anglo-Saxon England, notes, a glossary, indexes to Part I, and a general introduction to Anglo-Saxon studies. Can be used in the classroom or for self-study; there is a special section "How to Use this Guide".
About the Author
Bruce Mitchell is Fellow Emeritus at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.
Fred C. Robinson is Douglas Tracy Smith Emeritus Professor of English at Yale University.
Table of Contents
Foreword to Fifth Edition.
Foreword to Sixth Edition.
Map of Anglo-Saxon England.
Abbreviations and Symbols.
How to Use this Guide.
1. Preliminary Remarks on Language.
2. Orthography and Pronunciation.
Nouns and Sound-Changes Relevant to Them:.
Some Technical Terms.
Strong Nouns like stan.
Masculine and Neuter Nouns in -e.
Strong Feminine Nouns.
Nouns Affected by i-Mutation.
Stem Changes in Adjectives.
Comparison of Adjectives.
Observations on Noun, Adjective, and Pronoun Declensions:.
Strong Verbs and Sound-Changes Relevant to them:.
Principal Parts of the Strong Verbs.
Influence of Initial g, gc, c.
Influence of Nasals.
Summary of the Strong Verbs of Class III.
The Effects of Sound-Changes on Other Strong Verbs.
Strong Verbs of Class VII.
Grimm's Law and Verner's Law.
Conjunction of the Strong Verb.
Weak Verbs and Sound-Changes Relevant to Them:.
Don and gan.
Is a Verb Strong or Weak? To Which Class Does it Belong?.
4. Word Formation.
The Addition of Affixes:.
Recapitulation and Anticipation.
The Splitting of Heavy Groups.
Dependent Statements and Desires.
The Accusative and Infinitive.
Definite Adjective Clauses.
Indefinite Adjective Clauses.
An Exercise in Analysis.
Clauses of Place.
Clauses of Time.
Clauses of Purpose and Result.
Clauses of Comparison.
Clauses of Concession.
Clauses of Condition.
Adverb Clauses Expressing Other Relationships.
Other Ways of Expressing Adverbial Relationships.
List of Conjunctions and Adverbs Commonly Used.
Parataxis without Conjunctions.
Some Special Idioms.
Nouns, Pronouns and their Modifiers.
Pronouns and their Antecedents.
Subject and Verb.
The Uses of the Cases:.
Articles, Pronouns, and Numerals:.
Articles and Pronouns.
The Uses of the Present and Preterite Tenses.
The Resolved Tenses:.
The Verb 'To Have' as an Auxiliary.
The Verb 'To Be' as an Auxiliary of Tense.
Other Uses of the Present and Past Participles.
The Uses of the Infinitives.
The 'Modal' Auxiliaries:.
6. An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Studies.
Some Significant Dates.
List of Abbreviated Titles.
Weapons and Warfare.
Life and Dress.
Architecture and Buildings.
Sculpture and Carving.
Jewelry and Metalwork.
Manuscripts and Runic Inscriptions.
The Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial.