Introduction to Old English

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Wiley, Jun 9, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 332 pages
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This innovative introduction to the Old English language focuses on what students need to know in order to engage with Old English literary and historical texts. Designed for a new generation, the book assumes no expertise in traditional grammar or in other languages.

An opening chapter reviews basic grammar for those who need to be brought up to speed. ‘Quick Start’ sections begin the major chapters, allowing students to learn the basics of Old English quickly. ‘Minitexts’ accompanying most chapters give students practice in reading the language, while a detailed introduction to poetic meter and style helps them to read poetry. The book as a whole contains more than 200 illustrative quotations, fourteen Old English readings including ‘The Wanderer’, ‘The Dream of the Rood’ and ‘Judith’, and a comprehensive glossary. Supplementary readings and exercises are available at the ‘Old English Aerobics’ website - - which complements the text.

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A decent introduction to Old English as a language and as a translation tool. In the course in which I used the text, we did need to supplement the text with outside material - it wasn't great at ... Read full review

Introduction to Old English

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Baker (medieval literature, Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville; Beowulf: Basic Readings) here provides an excellent introduction to the study of Old English that assumes no knowledge of the ... Read full review

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Peter S. Baker is Professor of Medieval Literature at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. His previous publications include Byrhtferth’s Enchiridion (co-edited with Michael Lapidge, 1995), Beowulf: Basic Readings (1995), The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: A Collaborative Edition (F) and the website

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